Attorneys for a former Murray County Sheriff’s Office deputy accused of lying in an investigation took steps on Wednesday to try to keep certain cellphone records from being admitted into evidence.
Jasper attorney Ed Marger said some exchanges, such as discussions with his wife, aren’t relevant to the charges against Josh Greeson, who is accused in federal court of lying in a Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) inquiry and trying to conceal evidence.
Greeson has admitted he initially was untruthful in an investigation into drugs being planted on the vehicle of a woman he arrested for possessing meth, but he said he lied only because his supervisor, then-Capt. Michael Henderson, told him to. Henderson’s attorney, Larry Stagg, said that is not true. Greeson later returned to investigators and told the truth, he said. Both men were fired for lying, then-sheriff Howard Ensley said at the time.
Henderson is former Murray County chief magistrate Bryant Cochran’s cousin. The woman Greeson arrested, Angela Garmley, had shortly before her arrest accused Cochran of sexually soliciting her, a charge Cochran has through his attorney denied. The district attorney dismissed the charge against Garmley within days of her arrest because of some other evidence and said the matter had been turned over to the GBI. That GBI inquiry is the one in which Greeson is accused of lying.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Walter E. Johnson referred the cellphone records question to U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy. A courtroom deputy in Murphy’s office said a hearing hadn’t been scheduled as of late Wednesday afternoon.