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Documents released in officers' cases

Chatham Co. District Attorney Meg Heap Chatham Co. District Attorney Meg Heap
Sgt. Malik Khlaais Sgt. Malik Khlaais
Star Cpl. Willet Williams Star Cpl. Willet Williams

For more than a week, WTOC's Conny Cooper has been investigating why the Chatham County District Attorney and the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Georgia – Savannah Division - are not prosecuting any cases involving Savannah-Chatham Metro Police officers Star Cpl. Willet Williams and Sgt. Malik Khlaais. 

WTOC received a 77-page response to an open records request made by the Chatham-Savannah Counter-Narcotics team. It confirms what WTOC has been told from confidential sources - that Williams and Khlaais were the subjects of an FBI corruption investigation in 2010. 

Khlaais is assigned to patrol duty with metro. Williams is a crime prevention officer. It is important to stress that neither man has been charged with any crime. 

However, according to a memo from then-CNT Cmdr. Roy Harris sent to the county manager in 2010, Khlaais failed an FBI polygraph test when asked whether he'd compromised an investigation by providing information to the brother of a suspect under surveillance. 

The suspect under surveillance was prison corrections officer James Williams. According to the memo, he is also Williams' brother. 

Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap said she couldn't confirm that this is why her office isn't prosecuting these officers' cases. 

"When I have information that I believe can affect a case. Under Brady vs. Maryland, if I believe there's any information that I have to disclose to the defendant and his counsel, then I'm duty bound to do so," Heap said last week when WTOC first began looking into the cases.   

That Supreme Court case cited by Heap, Brady vs. Maryland, set the legal precedence that anything a prosecutor must share with the defense anything that casts doubt on a witness' credibility. 

In nearly all criminal cases, police officers are primary witnesses. 

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