Investigators Shocked After Grand Jury Drops Cases

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By: Kara Duffy
October 28, 2013

Thomasville, GA- A Grand Jury in Thomas County has decided seven felony cases will not go to court.

"Four of the cases that we're really concerned about, there were confessions given or the persons were caught in the act," said Chief Investigation with the Thomas County Sheriff's Office, Lt. Tim Watkins.

One of those cases involved 26-year-old Kerianne Johnson. Johnson was arrested in August after authorities say she admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old boy.

"We really don't know how to proceed," Lt. Watkins said. "We've never had this happen before. I've been an investigator for approximately 20 years and I've never had a case, no-billed, with a confession."

Johnson's attorney, Jami Lewis with Harrell and Lewis, LLC in Camilla, Georgia said she understands why officials are disappointed, but she agrees with the jury's decision.

"I felt that it was really unfair to the Grand Jury to question their decision," Lewis said. "The Grand Jury is the conscience of the community and the Grand Jury's presentments and decisions are secret, so we will never really know why the Grand Jury made this decision but obviously it didn't sit right with them to true bill this particular case."

Lieutenant Watkins, however, says he's disappointed and shocked by the rulings.

"We actually believe that the Grand Jurors erred in their decision. We believe that they did not follow the judge's instruction or the order of the court.

The other felony cases included burglary, sexual molestation, as well as drug possession.

Investigators say pending new information and further investigation, the cases will be dismissed.

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