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.
Josh Greeson lied.
- Local News
- FInding Easter eggs
Murray magistrate court candidates talk money, openness
CHATSWORTH — Murray County Chief Magistrate Gale Buckner describes herself as a “go-getter” and “problem-solver” who has worked hard to restore the public’s faith in the court since her predecessor resigned under pressure about two years ago.
There’s Clark Hatfield in school with friends and teachers. A confident Coahulla Creek High School junior excited to talk about his football team and his aspirations in marine biology.
Civil War tour group learns about the battle that wasn’t
Nearly 150 years ago, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston stationed his troops where Poplar Springs Baptist Church now sits on the outskirts of Dalton and waited for Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s forces to arrive.
Restaurant report card — Whitfield County
Restaurant reports from the Whitfield County Health Department
- Stations of the Cross
Butchers to bone up on skills
Leon Wildberger has watched as the meat cutting industry has changed during the last several decades.
Former Dalton assistant superintendent resigns from Crisp County Schools
Rhonda Hayes is no longer the superintendent of Crisp County Schools.
Peak Fitness to hold fundraiser for military families
Peak Fitness is teaming up with the National Guard this Monday to raise money for the National Guard Family Support Group.
‘Lucky to be here’
When Marcel Harrigan closed his eyes, the tractor-trailer he was driving was in one piece. When he opened them, he said he “couldn’t believe” what he saw.
- More Local News Headlines