Jury selection underway for deputy trial

Jury selection underway for deputy trial

DECATUR, GA (WALB) - Jury selection will be underway in the trial against four federally indicted Decatur County Sheriff's Office deputies who allegedly were involved in a beating of a Bainbridge resident at a 2012 Bike Fest.

According to Decatur County incident reports, Captain Liz Croley and Christopher Kines broke up a fight in September of 2012 on bike fest grounds.

A news release from the Department of Justice states, Ronnie Parrish got involved in a scuffle and was allegedly beaten by Wiley Griffin, IV. left with cuts and bruises.

A few days later Parrish was charged with obstruction of an officer and attempting to remove a firearm from law enforcement. He was fined $1,000 and sentenced to three years probation.

The indictment claims Griffin, IV's involvement with the scuffle was left out of the incident report. It says Captain Croley “intentionally withheld material" that ultimately deprived Parrish of getting exonerated when he was prosecuted and convicted by the District Attorney's Office.

Captain Liz Croley, deputy Christopher Kines, former deputy Robert Umbach are charged with obstructive behavior, accused of writing false reports or making misleading statements to cover up the case.

Selection will take place at 9:00 a.m. at the Federal Courthouse in Albany.

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