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January 10, 2013

Ex-deputy: Supervisor ordered him to lie

ROME — Josh Greeson lied.

But the former Murray County Sheriff’s Office deputy said he was just following orders when he did not tell the truth during a Georgia Bureau of Investigation inquiry last year. Greeson said a supervisor told him to lie, and he was afraid to disobey the directive.

“I was told when I first come to work there by my corporal I had (that) the best thing to do was to keep on his good side,” Greeson said Wednesday afternoon. “I always tried to stay on his good side.”

Greeson pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Walter E. Johnson to charges that he lied in the investigation and tried to conceal evidence.

Greeson, 25, of Chatsworth, had worked for the sheriff’s office nearly five years when he said Capt. Michael Henderson told him over the summer to be on the lookout for a car he was told was being driven by someone believed to be in possession of drugs. Greeson said he spotted the car several days after that, pulled the car over, used a drug dog to locate a magnetized metal container of methamphetamine underneath the car and arrested the two people inside — Chatsworth residents Angela Garmley and Jason Southern.

District Attorney Bert Poston said within a few days he wouldn’t prosecute the case because of some other evidence and that the matter had been turned over to the GBI. The U.S. Attorney’s office has since said someone, though not Greeson, planted the drugs on the car.

Garmley’s attorney, McCracken Poston of Ringgold, said that before her arrest, his client had recently accused Henderson’s cousin, then-Murray County Chief Magistrate Bryant Cochran, of soliciting sexual favors from her. Shortly after she came forward, a judicial watchdog agency began investigating those allegations as well as a charge that Cochran pre-signed several warrants.

Cochran resigned and admitted to pre-signing warrants before the agency announced its findings, but he said through an attorney he never issued any of the pre-signed papers or did not plan to do so without a hearing. He’s also denied the sexual allegations and being involved in Garmley’s arrest.

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