The week of trials for Decatur County May Term of Superior Court consisted of two impaneled jury trials. District Attorney Joseph K. Mulholland began a jury trial Monday, May 4, 2015 for the case of Nathaniel Emanuel Griffin. The impaneled jury found Nathaniel Griffin guilty on one count of Aggravated Assault and one count of Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon. Chief Judge A. Wallace Cato sentenced Nathaniel Emanuel Griffin to 25 years in prison.
With the assistance of Bainbridge Public Safety Investigator Robert Humphrey, evidence at trial showed that Mr. Griffin on or about July 4, 2014 did make an assault upon Christopher Carter with the intent to rob by pointing and firing a handgun at Mr. Carter as he drove away in his vehicle. The incident occurred at the Winn Dixie parking lot in Bainbridge, Georgia. Mr. Mulholland stated in closing arguments, “I frequently shop at the Winn Dixie with my three small children. The crime occurred at 4:00 in the afternoon on one of the busiest days of the year. We want our community to know that our office will always prosecute to the fullest those that endanger our families and children.”
D.A. Joe Mulholland said, “I frequently shop at the Winn Dixie with my three small children. The crime occurred at 4:00 in the afternoon on one of the busiest days of the year. We want our community to know that our office will always prosecute to the fullest those that endanger our families and children.”
The second impaneled jury trial was tried by Assistant District Attorney David Atwell on Thursday, May 7, 2015. Gregory Bernard Murphy, Sr. was charged with one count of Rape, Incest and Child Molestation. Mr. Atwell filed a recidivist motion on Gregory Murphy based upon three prior convictions. Mr. Murphy was found guilty on all three counts and was sentenced to Life without parole in the penal system by Honorable Judge A. Wallace Cato.
Decatur County Sheriff’s Office Investigator, Cheryl Roberts Nix collected all the evidence for presentation at the trial on Thursday. The evidence at trial showed that between July 6, 2012 and July 31, 2014 Gregory Murphy, Sr. raped and engaged in sexual intercourse with his daughter.
Over 60 other defendants were arrested, charged and entered guilty pleas this week. The defendants were sentenced to serve some time in custody or lengthy probation.