Great Week In Grady County!

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March 20, 2019 at 7:08 AM EST - Updated March 20 at 7:12 AM
CAIRO, GA (WALB) - On Tuesday, soon after a jury was seated in the murder case of the State versus Nicholas Liquinte Perry, the proceedings stopped for a plea bargain.

Perry was charged and indicted for the murder of Elijah Smith. District Attorney Joe Mulholland said that the facts showed that on January 7th, 2017, Smith and Perry were involved in a ‘mutual combat’ fight for $10, in the backyard of a home in Cairo.

Smith’s body was found the same day, in the area of 7th Street in Cairo.

After the jury was selected, Perry pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

The Honorable Heather H. Lanier sentenced the defendant to twenty years, ten to serve in the State Penitentiary.

“I hope that this will give the family of the victim some closure knowing that the Defendant will serve a lengthy sentence in the State System,” D. A. Mulholland said.

”There are no winners in a case like this, especially when the fight was over ten dollars. I pray for all of the family members involved.”

God's Country Will Not Stand For This.

Verdict handed down in Bainbridge murder trial

Thaddus Nundra (Courtesy: WALB)

Posted: Fri 10:58 AM, Feb 15, 2019

February 15, 2019

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WALB) -- A verdict has been reached in the murder trial of a man accused of gunning down a local newspaper employee.

Thaddus Nundra has been convicted of killing 67-year-old Hubert Moore in 2017.

Moore was shot to death in Bainbridge while he was delivering a daily edition of the Bainbridge Post-Searchlight.

Officials say the motive behind the killing was robbery, and that Thaddus Nundra was one of three men who wanted to hold up a store, but happened on Moore first.

Ronnie Dean McFadden, 42, Thaddus Nundra, 38, and Louis Lamorris Ousley, 29, were charged with killing Moore, a longtime employee of the Bainbridge Post-Searchlight.

South Georgia District Attorney Joe Mulholland had strong feelings about this case:

"On October 26th, 2017, the South Georgia Circuit suffered a tragedy that our small corner of Southwest Georgia is not accustomed to. Hubert Moore was shot and killed while preparing for his paper delivery in the early morning hours. Mr. Moore was not shot by an enemy, or a vindictive assailant, but rather was shot randomly by a man determined to rob Mr. Moore of his money.

"Mr. Moore had eight dollars on his person. The killer, Thaddus Nundra, was released from prison a year before the murder. Mr. Hubert spent the last moments of his life lying in an empty parking lot gasping for air. He left behind a wife of twenty-six years. They spent their time together raising cows, enjoying each other, and spoiling their little dog. This Valentine’s Day, Mr. Hubert’s widow wasn’t awakened by a kiss from her husband but rather an empty bed. She received no flowers, nor any signs of affection from her best friend Mr. Moore.

"The only peace I can give Mrs. Moore is that this Valentine’s Day the Jury convicted Thaddus Nundra. The Court sentenced him to Life without Parole. Thaddus Nundra will spend whatever time he has left on this world rotting in a ten by ten cell in the State System. While he certainly doesn’t deserve even this, I hope that the Moore family and friends can have some closure knowing that his killer will never see the light of day again as a free man.

“Our community was sickened by this crime. This is something that happens in Metro areas, not God’s Country. I cannot thank the Jury, Bainbridge Public Safety, Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and all of the other parties that made this conviction become a reality. Our community will recover from this case and be stronger and more vigilant in the future. But we will never forget Mr. Hubert Moore. Rest in Peace and God Bless You Mr. Hubert.”


DNA Update

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By Asia Wilson | January 29, 2019 at 10:06 PM EST - Updated January 29 at 10:06 PM

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia district attorney said a new scientific DNA method has been admitted for an upcoming trial out of Bainbridge. And the entire state could begin to use 'True Allele’ which could help crime investigators find killers more quickly.

Joe Mulholland, the district attorney for the South Georgia Judicial Circuit, said last week that the judge ruled that True Allele is scientifically reliable and prosecutors can move forward with including this in the trial for Hubert Moore’s murder.

Prosecutors were able to use the co-mingled DNA to identify Thaddus Nundra as the man they believe pulled the trigger while Moore was working at the Bainbridge Post Searchlight in 2017.

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“We were able to say, ‘Yes, this was the shooter’s hat,’ which was Nundra and we also submitted the other two individuals who were involved in the shooting and they were excluded. We were able to say, ‘Yes, he’s the shooter of the three.’ We know he was the one who did the shooting,” said Mulholland.

The trial will begin on Feb. 11 in Decatur County.

Prosecutors said that if the three men are convicted, it will go to the supreme court.


Baker County/ Great Job Senior ADA David Atwell!

Baker Co. man pleads guilty to child molestation

By Emileigh Forrester | January 29, 2019 at 4:14 AM EST - Updated January 29 at 4:14 AM

BAKER CO., GA (WALB) - A Baker County man pleaded guilty in a child molestation case, just before he was set to go to trial.

Jeffrey Keen, 30, will spend life in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated child molestation, according to South Georgia District Attorney Joe Mulholland.

Keen entered the guilty plea in Baker County Monday ahead of his trial.

Mulholland said a judge sentenced Keen to life in prison.

He said Keen had a criminal history prior to this.

He said the guilty plea came before jury selection started


Senior Assistant David Atwell secures Life Without Parole in Grady County

Lopez found guilty, gets life for May 2017 murder

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CAIRO — A Grady County jury found Nicholas Lopez guilty of murder and a judge has sentenced him to life without parole.

The two-day trial ended Tuesday, and following the jury’s verdict, Grady County Superior Court Judge Kevin Chason handed down the sentence of life without the possibility of parole. 

Lopez was indicted for the May 26, 2017 shooting death of Ronald Moon, 49, of Cairo.

“Mr. Lopez had been a thorn in law enforcement’s side for quite some time,” said South Georgia Judicial Circuit District Attorney Joe Mulholland. “I thank the jury for their hard work and diligence and the Sheriff’s Office for a thorough investigation. Senior ADA (David) Atwell did a commendable job trying the case. I pray for Mr. Moon’s family and hope this gives them some closure.”

Lopez was indicted for murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and aggravated assault. 

The Grady County Sheriff’s Office headed up the investigation, with Chief Investigator Chris Luckey taking the lead. 

According to an incident report, a male complainant told the responding officer that Lopez shot Moon in the chest. 

Authorities found Moon, who was in the yard at the incident address with a gunshot wound and excessive bleeding, according to the report. 

The trial concluded a long month for the South Georgia Office of the District Attorney in Decatur, Grady and Calhoun counties were trials were being held. The DA’s office secured four life without parole convictions, along with a 30-plus-year conviction in a child molestation case in four separate trials.

“Myself and three senior assistants tried four cases and were able to secure four convictions” Mulholland said. “We welcome the opportunity to prep for the coming year and we will be ready to start anew in January.  Merry Christmas to everyone in the Circuit and stay safe over the course of the holidays.”


Senior Asst. Banks Smith Secures Tough Conviction

Verdict reached in Calhoun Co. prison killing

By WALB News Team | December 3, 2018 at 3:12 PM EST - Updated December 3 at 6:25 PM

MORGAN, GA (WALB) - A jury has reached a verdict in a killing that took place in Calhoun State Prison.

Undrea Burley and Wesley Adams were found guilty of felony murder, aggravated assault and gang activity.

Burley and Adams were sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Demetrius Smith was found not guilty.

Adams, Smith and Burley were all charged with gang activity, felony murder and aggravated assault in the case.

Two people have actually been detained during this trial for throwing gang signs and taking cell phone video inside the courtroom, according to Joe Mulholland, South Georgia District Attorney. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating those two detained.

Inmate Joshua Brooks was attacked and found dead in his cell with blunt force trauma to the head, according to Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Prosecutors said the two people detained are from out of town and are concerned they may have been trying to influence the trial or witnesses.

A corrections officer was also charged in connection to Brooks' death in 2016.

WALB previously reported Shakera Burns was arrested and charged in Brooks' murder.

Mulholland said Burns is awaiting trial and her exact charge is unclear.

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Successful Second Week of Decatur Trials

Decatur Co. man sentenced for raping 80-year-old woman

The South Georgia District Attorney said Billy White is guilty of one count of rape. (Source: South Georgia District Attorney's Office)

By Asia Wilson | November 16, 2018 at 12:19 AM EST - Updated November 16 at 12:19 AM

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - One Decatur County man will now spend life behind bars without parole for raping an 80-year old woman in 2016.

The trial for Billy White started on Tuesday and lasted two days.

Jurors found White guilty of one count of rape and not guilty on one count of burglary.

District Attorney Joe Mullholland said a senior citizen woman had been living by herself after her husband passed away and was raped while home alone.

Officials were able to catch White by collecting matched DNA samples from another crime he committed in the past.

“The message in this case is one, we were very happy to be able to secure that life without parole verdict on this repeat offender who obviously took advantage of one of the two, what I consider, classifications of people you just don’t mess with, and that’s kids and the elderly,” said Mulholland.

Mulholland said the victim is said to be okay, but had to move out of her home while still being concerned for her safety.

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Great First Week in Decatur County November Term.

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Criminals tried and sentenced at courthouse

By Staff Reports

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Published 4:43 pm Friday, November 9, 2018

The South Georgia Judicial Circuit, Decatur County November Term was commenced on Monday.

District Attorney Joe Mulholland and Senior Assistant District Attorney David Atwell handled Grand Jury.  The Grand Jury true billed 35 cases and No Billed 4 cases.

Tuesday Nov. Criminal Trials began.  Chief Assistant Mike Bankston tried Jshawn Washington for Child Molestation and Criminal Attempt to Commit Incest.  Washington was arrested on March 20, 2018 by the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office.  Washington sexually assaulted his seven-year-old stepdaughter multiple times while watching pornography with the child in early March in Bainbridge.

After a three-day trial, the Jury convicted Washington of both counts.  Judge Heather H. Lanier sentenced the defendant to 45 years, 30 to serve in the State system.  During sentencing, the defendant passed out.  Lanier will resume sentencing on Tuesday, November 13th.  District Attorney Mulholland stated “This was an atrocious crime.

While the Defendant may have thought it was too harsh given that he passed out when he heard he will spend the next thirty years in prison, he got exactly what he deserved.  I hope that the victim and her family can have some closure knowing he will effectively spend the rest of his life in the State Penitentiary.”

On Thursday November 8th District Attorney Joe Mulholland was prepared to try Darrion Jenkins for Aggravated Sexual Battery and Burglary.  Once a Jury was impaneled, Jenkins pled Blind (meaning at the mercy of the Court) and Chief Judge Kevin Chason sentenced Jenkins to Life Imprisonment.  On September 30th, 2017, the Defendant broke into a 78 year old woman’s residence at approximately 2:30 a.m. in Attapulgus and sexually assaulted her.  “What kind of demented individual breaks into an elderly woman’s home and assaults her? The victim was a strong witness and I am glad she had the courage to face her accuser.  Her testimony sealed his fate, which is that he will spend the rest of his years behind bars.” Mulholland added.

After a plethora of pleas, two cases remain on the calendar for next week.