True bills delivered, three indicted for child sexual abuse in county

Published 9:55 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Decatur County Grand Jury returned 40 true bills and five no bills during its November term. Five cases were also continued until the next term by the District Attorney’s Office.

“It went really well,” District Attorney Joe Mulholland said. “I thought they did a really good job getting through as many as we had.”

Among the true bills were many of the cases included in Bainbridge Public Safety’s “Operation Crackdown”, three cases involving child molestation and multiple burglaries.

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Richard Dixon was indicted on three counts of child molestation, three counts of aggravated child molestation and one count of aggravated sexual battery. Derrick Crews was indicted on four counts of child molestation. Dixon and Crews were both accused of “committing immoral and indecent actions” with a female under the age of 16. Clayton Bailey was indicted on one count of child molestation and two counts of rape after being charged with raping a female under the age of 10.

“That’s probably one of our biggest priorities in our office is protecting our children,” Mulholland said. “I’ve got children myself. Most of my prosecutors and administrative people have children. That’s something that we try to do more than anything in our community is protecting our children. We’re going to work diligently to make sure justice is served.”

Larry Mathis Jr. and Ladarrius Small were each indicted on two counts of aggravated assault, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and ne count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. They were charged in connection with a shooting that occurred at Rivers Apartments on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

One male and one female were injured when Mathis Jr. allegedly fired a shotgun into a crowd that had gathered around a large fight.

The grand jury returned a no bill for Tevin Gaines, Brian Henry and Mincey Sanders who were all charged in connection with the armed robbery that occurred at Mr. Pips on July 3.

“We thought we had a good case,” Jason Williams, who investigated the case for the sheriff’s office, said. “We gather all the fact and present it to the grand jury. We had a very good grand jury. I have all the faith in them.”

Mulholland and investigators from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation chose to continue the pending indictment of Demarquis Glenn for the murder of Quentieria Knight in April until the next grand jury term in Feb.

“We continued that because that investigation is on going,” Mulholland said. “He’s the suspect in another case so we want to tie that case up before we present anything to the grand jury.”

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