Suspect in ’01 robbery to face trial

Published 6:50 pm Friday, March 30, 2012

An Atlanta man wanted in Decatur County as a suspect in a 2001 home invasion is back in Bainbridge to await trial, according to District Attorney Joe Mulholland.

Sedrick Demetrice Aldridge, 30, of Atlanta, was booked into the Decatur County Jail on the charge of armed robbery on Wednesday, March 28.

According to Mulholland, Aldridge had been indicted in Decatur County in 2002 as an alleged co-conspirator in a home invasion. All of the other suspects involved in the incident were charged and prosecuted, but Aldridge was not able to be located, Mulholland said.

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Aldridge’s case stayed on the Superior Court calendar until 2009.

“Sometimes, if there is no indication that we are going to find the defendant, we drop the charges in order to get them off the calendar, and wait to re-indict them in the future,” Mulholland said.

Undersheriff Wendell Cofer said he understood that, after leaving Decatur County, Aldridge was subsequently charged and convicted of an offense in Fulton County and sentenced to prison time. The sentence was recently completed and Fulton County officials notified Decatur County that Aldridge was ready to make the long 230-mile trip south to Bainbridge, Cofer said.

Sheriff’s Investigator Brian Donalson was the original officer in charge of the case and is working with Mulholland on re-indicting Aldridge, the district attorney said.

Concerning Aldridge’s time in Fulton County, Donalson was not immediately available for comment, and a database maintained by Georgia Department of Corrections did not return information on Sedrick Aldridge.