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DA goes 71 for 72 on true bills

By Walter Geiger In a sharp departure from what had been the norm, district attorney Jonathan Adams and his team have eschewed the practice of no-billing cases, drawing praise from Lamar County sheriff Brad White. ’My investigators and I were impressed. We feel as if the district attorney’s office has our backs again,’ sheriff White said. Prosecutors presented a total of 72 criminal counts involving 25 defendants to the June term grand jury and came away with 71 indictments by true bill and only one no bill. An additional 91 counts involving 35 defendants were indicted by accusation. Cases of interest on which indictments were returned included that of Tanisha Alvett Murphy, a former longtime employee in the probate court office who was indicted on one count of felony theft by taking involving public monies from the office. Murphy was arrested Jan. 3. Fredrick Sherard Harden was indicted on two counts of involuntary manslaughter, possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence and theft by receiving stolen property in connection with the Dec. 13, 2016 shooting death of GSC student and short order cook Jessey Gadzeti. Lance Kershaw was indicted on multiple counts in connection with an alleged incident last October in which multiple nude photos of a minor female member of his family were hung in boys’ bathrooms at Lamar County High School. Those indicted will face arraignment in superior court in the coming weeks. Adams took office January 1. The complete list of indictments can be found in the 6.20.17 print edition of The Herald Gazette.

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