His life story is proof that Macon once was awesome, and that the headlines never define the man.
The basics (from the version I wrote, before it was edited):
John C. "Scooter" Herring, who lived much of his life on the outskirts of rock 'n' roll fame and starred in one of the most sensational trials in city history, died over the weekend.
He was 67.
Herring lived a quiet, charitable life the past few years in Macon, and probably died from complications associated with heart disease, his family said.
But he was once a defendant in a federal drug trial that gripped the rock 'n' roll world's attention and featured testimony from rock legend Gregg Allman that, some said, helped break up one of Macon's most famous contributions to music history: The Allman Brothers Band.