Local News

August 25, 2012

Attorney says investigation shows drugs planted in judge accuser’s vehicle

The attorney for a woman who was recently cleared of drug possession charges after her complaint sparked an investigation of a Murray County judge said evidence shows the drugs were planted on her car.

A Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) official wouldn’t say what led to the dismissal of a possession of methamphetamine charge against Angela Garmley by the district attorney, saying he couldn’t provide details while the investigation is ongoing.

“The charges against her have been dismissed, and we are continuing our investigation into that incident and other allegations,” said Special-Agent-In-Charge Jerry Scott.

Attorney McCracken Poston said he had talked with GBI officials and learned there were “findings in the investigation that drugs were indeed planted on her (Angela Garmley’s) vehicle.”

Garmley was charged Aug. 14 by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office with possession of meth after an officer discovered a magnetized metal can he said was full of the drug underneath her car during a traffic stop. District Attorney Bert Poston dismissed that charge this week as well as charges against a man who was driving her home. Poston declined to discuss what the evidence showed.

Weeks before the arrest, Garmley had publicly accused former chief magistrate Bryant Cochran of soliciting her for sexual favors. The charge prompted the Judicial Qualifications Commission, a state agency, to investigate and eventually turn its findings over to the GBI.

“Obviously, my client is relieved,” said McCracken Poston, no relation to Bert Poston. “She still firmly believes that operatives of former chief magistrate judge Bryant Cochran were behind this, motivated by a desire to punish her for coming forward with information that led to Cochran’s resignation.”

Cochran resigned his post of eight years on Aug. 15, saying he did so because he had pre-signed warrants, which the GBI is still investigating. Cochran has not admitted to any wrongdoing with respect to Garmley. His attorney, Chris Townley, did not immediately return a message on Friday.

“Murray County citizens should be outraged that this can happen in this day and time,” McCracken Poston said. “It reads like some Southern gothic novel. Citizens should feel safe in their persons and effects that they will not have drugs planted upon them and an arrest staged on trumped-up charges for which they could go to prison for decades.”

Murray County Sheriff Howard Ensley said his office is awaiting the results of the GBI investigation.

Text Only
Local News
  • Green spot closing 1 mlh.jpg A part of the family

    Larry Green can’t remember the exact date. But he says it was about 54 years ago when his father Marvin took him to see the new store he and his brother Herman had commissioned Red Jennings to build at 309 W. Emery St. in Dalton.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • New high school?

    The only means for “staying small” and preserving “The Dalton Way” in Dalton Public Schools may be through expansion, Superintendent Jim Hawkins said Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Bond denied for man arrested in synthetic marijuana bust

    A Dalton business owner charged in a synthetic marijuana bust was denied bond Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Longtime Dalton business Green Spot to close

    Larry Green says he made the decision more than a year ago.

    July 29, 2014

  • Kiwanis Club3.jpg Kiwanians get a lesson in money and banking

    It makes it easier for us to buy and sell goods and services. It is the measure by which we judge the relative value of those goods and services, and it allows us to “store value,” by placing it away and using it when we need it.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sheriff: Inmates don’t ask to vote

    In his 21 years of service, Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood said inmates have never asked for the opportunity to vote.

    July 28, 2014

  • Little library 1 mlh.jpg Little Libraries, big goal

    Whitfield County just received a new library.
    And better yet, 26 more are on the way to the region.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Picture 3.jpg Rock solid

    A great number of things have come and gone since 1974.
    One that hasn’t: a small Dalton school founded by parents wanting a unique learning environment for their children.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vann House Day '14 6 mlh.jpg History comes alive at Vann House

    SPRING PLACE — In the early 1800s, the 1,000-acre plantation belonging to Cherokee Indian leader James Vann was a bustling place.

    July 26, 2014 5 Photos

  • Local officials agree with Deal

    Regarding news last week that approximately 30 unaccompanied minors from Central America, who had crossed the southern border into the United States, were sent without warning to Dalton last year and enrolled in Dalton Public Schools, Republican politicians representing portions of Murray and Whitfield Counties agree — state and local school officials deserved to know in advance, they say.

    July 26, 2014