Tag Archives: Aaron Parrish

NEWS: Aaron Parrish Turns Himself In, Marianna Teens Arrested for Walmart Fires, Quitman Gets 100 New Jobs and More

Here’s your southwest Georgia area news roundup for Friday, March 10, 2017: DECATUR CO., GA (WALB) – A multi-county search for a wanted man is now over after he turned himself in to authorities. ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Several people are in jail after a large brawl broke out at an Albany nightclub early Friday morning. MARIANNA, Fla. (WTXL) – The… Read More »

NEWS: Army Plane Crash in Abbeville, Multi County Manhunt Underway for Aaron Parrish, 8 Women Freed in Atlanta Trafficking Ring and More

Here’s your southwest Georgia area news roundup for Thursday, March 9, 2017: BAINBRIDGE, GA (POST SEARCHLIGHT) – Decatur County School Superintendent Tim Cochran made a presentation to Bainbridge Rotary this week to talk about the extension of ESPLOST. MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) – The Georgia State Patrol and the Department of Natural Resources are working together to locate Ronnie Aaron… Read More »

Former Decatur County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Sentenced

Three former Decatur County deputies have been sentenced for their roles in an incident that occurred at Bainbridge Bikefest in 2012. Wade Umbach was previously found guilty of tampering with a witness.  He was sentenced today to serve 15 months in prison and two years probation. Christopher Kines was previously found guilty of tampering with a witness.  He… Read More »

From start to finish: links to all of our trial stories

Pre-trial Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies, former Grady County deputy indicted by federal grand jury Incidents at Bikefest 2012 led to trial, federal investigation (Recap of Aaron Parrish’s state court trial) Text of indictments sheds light on what four deputies are charged with doing Sheriff Griffin: I won’t ask Decatur county commissioners to pay for my son’s legal expenses Parrish… Read More »

District attorney: ‘I wouldn’t have handled Aaron Parrish’s trial any differently’

The following is a summary of the trial of United States vs. Wiley Griffin et al. We are attempting to be as accurate as possible in reporting the trial, given the restrictions on recording equipment within the courtroom. The article contains statements and claims made in court by attorneys and witnesses during the course of opening statements and… Read More »

Chip Nix grilled on the stand during Day 2 of trial

The following is a summary of the trial of United States vs. Wiley Griffin et al. We are attempting to be as accurate as possible in reporting the trial, given the restrictions on recording equipment within the courtroom. The article contains statements and claims made in court by attorneys and witnesses during the course of opening statements and… Read More »

Defense attorneys in deputies’ trial question Deputy Edmond’s credibility

The following is a summary of the trial of United States vs. Wiley Griffin et al. We are attempting to be as accurate as possible in reporting the trial, given the restrictions on recording equipment within the courtroom. The article contains statements and claims made in court by attorneys and witnesses during the course of opening statements and… Read More »

Opening statements given at four deputies’ trial [Updated 8:30 p.m. Wed.]

The following is a summary of the trial of United States vs. Wiley Griffin et al. We are attempting to be as accurate as possible in reporting the trial, given the restrictions on recording equipment within the courtroom. The article contains statements and claims made in court by attorneys and witnesses during the course of opening statements and… Read More »

Four indicted Sheriff’s deputies to stand trial next week

The four former and current Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies who were indicted by a federal jury over allegations they violated the civil rights of a man at the 2012 Bainbridge Bikefest will stand trial in federal court starting next week. The four law enforcement officers were indicted by a federal jury in July 2014. The indictment concerns an… Read More »

Decatur County to pay another employee’s attorney fees but will revise legal defense policy

At their Tuesday meeting, Decatur County commissioners voted to pay $5,000 for the legal defense of a former county employee charged with forgery in the first degree. Camilla attorney Jami Lewis had sent county commissioners an invoice for $5,000, for which she would represent former Sheriff’s Office employee Rachel Trolinger. Lewis said the $5,000 is her retainer for representing… Read More »

Parrish files civil lawsuit against Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies, county commissioners

Ronnie Aaron Parrish, the Bainbridge, GA, man who was injured in a incident with Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies at Bikefest 2012, has filed a civil lawsuit against six former and current deputies and Decatur County government. The lawsuit–which is separate from the ongoing federal criminal case regarding Parrish’s treatment at Bikefest 2012–was filed Sept. 15, 2014 in the United… Read More »

Sheriff Griffin: I won’t ask Decatur county commissioners to pay for my son’s legal expenses

PLEASE SEE OUR UPDATED POST ON TUESDAY’S MEETING Standing room only tonight at the Decatur County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday night, the room was filled 45 minutes before the meeting started at 7 p.m. Presumably some of those present are waiting to hear commissioners discuss whether or not to pay legal expenses associated with county employees involved in… Read More »

Loeffler denies county covering deputies’ legal expenses

I covered the Decatur County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, July 8. During the meeting, county commissioners held an approximately 20-minute long closed session to discuss litigation matters; they had also held long executive sessions to discuss litigation and personnel matters at both of their June meetings. After the July 8 meeting adjourned, I privately asked Decatur County Board of… Read More »

Text of indictments sheds light on what four deputies are charged with doing

A review of the seven-count federal grand jury indictments filed against two current Decatur County Sheriff’s deputy, one former Decatur County Sheriff’s Deputy and one former Grady County Sheriff’s deputy sheds more light on what specifically they are accused of doing. As stated in the U.S. Department of Justice‘s press release accompanying the unsealing of the indictments: “An… Read More »

Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies, former Grady County deputy indicted by federal grand jury

U.S. Department of Justice News Release The Department of Justice announced today that a federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia returned indictments charging four law enforcement officers with civil rights violations and obstruction of justice in connection with an incident that occurred at Bainbridge BikeFest in 2012.  A seven count… Read More »