Shirley found not guilty for aggravated assault

Published 2:15 pm Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ryan Shirley

Bainbridge bail bondsman Ryan Shirley was found not guilty Wednesday for aggravated assault.

Shirley faced two counts of aggravated assault for an incident in November 2015. Two juveniles stole a dirt bike from Shirley’s father’s pawn shop, City Pawn, on Shotwell Street. While pursuing them in his Jeep, Shirley hit one of them.

The trial began Monday and lasted through Wednesday. The three-man, nine-woman jury returned its verdict around 3 p.m. after almost five hours of deliberation.

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“We have made our case in front the jury, and it speaks for itself,” said Pete Emmons, Shirley’s attorney.

Joe Mulholland, district attorney for the South Georgia Judicial Circuit, tried the case himself.

“We knew going in it was an incredibly difficult case,” Mulholland said. “I give the jury a ton of credit for being so diligent in their deliberations. It was clear this was an incredibly hard decision for them.”

Mulholland added that he did not regret taking the case to trial, and will honor the decision of the jury.

The two juveniles were charged for stealing the bike in the juvenile court system.