UPDATE: GBI arrests Dougherty probate judge

Judge Blount turned herself in Thursday
Judge Blount turned herself in Thursday(Dougherty Co. Sheriff)
Updated: Mar. 26, 2021 at 12:59 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Dougherty County Probate Judge Leisa Blount was arrested Thursday, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

Dougherty County jailers told us Friday she is not in their facility.

Officials with the county said that probate court will continue as usual and without any interruptions. However, no one has been appointed to fill her position, according to a Dougherty County spokeswomen.

Officials said that as of now, she is the only probate judge for the county.

WALB News 10 has reached out for a copy of the incident report but the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office said it wouldn’t be available until Monday.

Blunt, 56, has been charged with one count of terroristic threats and one count of violation of oath by a public officer.

GBI officials said on March 15, the GBI Regional Investigative Office in Sylvester was requested by Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul in reference to allegations that Blount threatened a Dougherty County employee.

In the presence of witnesses, Blount made a verbal threat of violence, according to the GBI.

Blount turned herself into the Dougherty County Jail.

This investigation is ongoing and once it is complete, it will be turned over to the Southern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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