109 criminal cases presented again to Thomas Co. grand jury

109 criminal cases presented again to Thomas Co. grand jury

THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) - Within a two-day period, a staggering 109 criminal cases had to be presented again to a new Thomas County grand jury.

This comes more than one month after it was discovered one former juror was not a county resident.

Back in April, county leaders learned the juror lived in Grady County, which meant all the cases that juror had heard, 25 older cases and 84 new cases, had to be pleaded out or presented for indictment.

District Attorney Brad Shealy said the cases lingered until a new grand jury was selected.

"We had a little bit longer grand jury this time because we had to carry, you know, cases that the last grand jury heard, where that juror was on who was not a resident. They all had to be represented, my office did a real good job on getting pleas on a number of those cases, but still, a number of them had to be represented," explained Shealy.

Shealy said given the circumstances, the presentments only took two days when it normally takes just one day. He added that having a large amount of plea deals helped expedite the process.

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