Bibb County's sheriff has asked the GBI to help investigate whether a Macon state senator choked a teenager during an argument.
In a news release, Sheriff David Davis said he had faith that his investigators could handle the case without bias. But he said an outside agency would serve the case best.
He said the GBI has agreed to assist the investigation.
Rodney Wall, special agent in charge of the GBI's Perry office, says his investigators haven't started work on the case yet. He said they'll meet next week with the Bibb sheriff's office to get started.
Wall said their findings will be turned over to Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke, whose office will decide whether to prosecute.
The case stems from an argument at a Bibb County political event between two candidates' families. David Lucas, a Macon Democrat, denies allegations that he choked a teenager during the argument.
Friday morning, he told 13WMAZ's Randall Savage, "Everybody that knows me knows I don't go around picking on a 14-year-old."
The Bibb County sheriff's department says they're investigating a simple-battery complaint against the Macon Democrat. An incident report says Lucas is accused of choking Chase King after a campaign event Wednesday night for his wife, Elaine Lucas.
Friday morning, Bibb County Sheriff David Davis told 13WMAZ there is no warrant for Lucas' arrest.
Terry Tripp and Elaine Lucas are running for the District 3 seat in the new Bibb County commission.
The argument broke out between members of the Tripp and Lucas families.
David Lucas said he stepped in when his son, Lenny argued with one of Tripp's grandsons.
He denies hitting or choking anyone. He said he's upset that he was trying to be a peacemaker but is being portrayed as a villain instead.
Lucas says the family is lying about the situation and that he's willing to take a polygraph test. He won't make any more comments until the investigation is complete.
Lucas says he feels "set up" and that the Tripp family showed up at the Lucas campaign to provoke an argument.
He said he may file a civil complaint against them in the case.
No charges have been filed.