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GBI plans to send separate cases to district attorney's office for review

A Georgia Bureau of Investigation official says separate cases involving a deputy sheriff in McDuffie County and an elected official in Warren County are expected to be sent to the district attorney's office for review in a couple of weeks.

Gary Nicholson, special agent in-charge of the GBI Region 7 Office in Thomson, made the announcement during a telephone interview with The McDuffie Mirror last Wednesday.

"We're hoping both of those cases will be ready to send to the district attorney in about two weeks," Agent Nicholson said.

One of the cases involves a deputy sheriff with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department who is accused of having sexually assaulted a woman at an undisclosed location in McDuffie County

At the time of the reported crime, the deputy, whose name has not been made public, was off-duty.

In an unrelated case, an elected official who was accused of firing a gun at a man earlier this year also is expected to be sent to the district attorney's office for review.

Commissioner Richard Burley, Jr., is the official accused in that incident.

Agent Nicholson said that no arrests have ever been made in either case.

Once the district attorney's staff receives the case files, they will review them and decide whether there is enough evidence to make a presentation before a grand jury for prosecution.

Web posted on Thursday, June 04, 2009

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