published Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Man gets life without parole in Dalton murder case

A convicted murderer in Dalton, Ga., is going to prison for the rest of his life without a chance of parole.

Superior Court Judge Jack Partain sentenced 48-year-old Frank Scott Bozzie on Tuesday. Bozzie, who was convicted of murder two weeks ago, was going to be sentenced to life behind bars no matter what. He merely had the chance to argue that he deserved the chance to go before a parole board during his time in prison.

Partain declined to give Bozzie that opportunity, according to a news release from the Conasauga Judicial Circuit district attorney's office. Afterward, Bozzie's attorney, Steve Miller, said he would file a motion for a new trial.

During the hearing, Bozzie accused Assistant District Attorney Susan Beck of lying throughout his trial. He said Beck should be arrested for perjury, and he asked Partain when he would receive a "real trial."

Bozzie also asked how much money the district attorney's office pays confidential informants, though District Attorney Bert Poston said in the news release that prosecutors did not use informants in this case.

Whitfield County Sheriff's Office records show that in June 2013, Bozzie rammed his truck into a van outside a McDonald's on East Walnut Avenue.

Inside the van were Richard Holbrook and Jennifer Verner. Bozzie smashed at the van with a baseball bat and pulled Verner out. Verner's ex-girlfriend hugged him, apparently in an attempt to calm him.

But, according to records, Bozzie then drove to Richard Morgan's house, less than a mile away from the McDonald's, where Verner's children were staying. Bozzie broke in and attacked Morgan with his baseball bat.

When Morgan called 911, Bozzie ran outside and hopped in his truck, revving the engine.

Morgan walked outside to confront him, and Bozzie ran Morgan over and dragged him 30 feet, according to records. Morgan died of mechanical asphyxiation.

That wasn't the first time Bozzie had attacked people during arguments with former lovers. In 1996, he assaulted his ex-wife and tried to ram his truck into a deputy's vehicle. In 2006, he was convicted of assaulting another ex-wife.

In addition to life prison, Partain also sentenced Bozzie on Tuesday to 20 years for aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and family violence battery.

Miller, Bozzie's attorney, did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

Contact staff writer Tyler Jett at tjett@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6476.

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