Fort Deposit officers arrested for robbery

Published 1:01 pm Friday, July 17, 2009

Two Fort Deposit police officers are in jail for allegedly pulling over a car on I-65 and robbing the man of an undisclosed amount of money on June 30. The two were in uniform at the time of the incident.

The officers have been identified as Jessie Fuller, 22, and Tyson Bennett, 33.

Fuller once served as a Greenville police officer, working nearly a year with the department before his termination, said Chief Lonzo Ingram. Ingram declined to comment as to why Fuller was let go.

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“All I can say is that he did not successfully complete his probationary period,” said Ingram.

Ingram said he understood that Bennett had been working with the Fort Deposit Police Department for “three or four months.”

Bennett had worked as a sheriff’s deputy under former Butler County sheriff Diane Harris before he was arrested in September of 2006 for illegally purchasing $40 in prescription drugs. He had also worked as a police officer in Greenville.

The two were each given a $500,000 bond by Butler County District Judge MacDonald Russell on Friday afternoon.

Both Tyson Bennett and Jessie Fuller appeared in court at the Butler County Courthouse.

Before the bench, Fuller directed all questions to his attorney, Charlotte Tesmer. Bennett had no legal representation, but was advised by Russell to secure an attorney as soon as possible.

When Russell announced the amount of the bond, Bennett dropped his shoulders.

Both men were escorted out at the back entrance of the courthouse and did not comment on the allegations against them.

Along with robbery, 1st degree, each man is also charged with an ethics violation because they were police officers.

Bennett is being held in the Lowndes County Jail, while Fuller is in Crenshaw County.