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Supporters and the Quitman 10 attend rally

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

QUITMAN, GA (WALB) –People packed a Quitman church Wednesday night to show support for three Brooks County school board members and seven other people charged in a voter fraud case.

It was standing room only at Bethel AME Church.

About 250 people showed up Wednesday for a rally for the suspects that supporters called the "Quitman 10."

They were arrested Tuesday for unlawful possession of ballots and violating the absentee voting procedures.

Supporters say they were targeted because they are black.

Investigators say they illegally distributed and turned in ballots for voters.

"I believe in these people I really believe them," said Roy Copeland, an attorney for the Quitman 10.  "I believe in their cause. I believe they're right."

"You city commissioners you aren't there to see what we're saying," said Raymond Jones who attended the rally. "It's time out for this here. It's time out for this prejudice It's time out for everybody hating everybody."

There was a lot of singing and praying at Wednesday's rally.

People also donated money to help with legal fees for the suspects.

The District Attorney told us Wednesday when the GBI completes and sends the report he'll review it and he's not sure when he'll take the case to a grand jury.

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