District Attorney
John Herbert Cranford, Jr.

The mission of the Coweta Judicial Circuit's District Attorney's Office is to pursue justice on behalf of the community and victims of crime, to uphold the law, and to maintain the trust of the people we serve. This office will accomplish this mission by being motivated to do what is right in each case, by being fair, respectful, and honest to all people with whom we interact, and by executing our duties with humility.


Derrick Sheppard Violation of Oath of Public Officer Case
August 28, 2018
Today, former Community Supervision Officer Derrick Sheppard entered into a negotiated guilty plea to felony Violation of Oath by Public Officer for violating his oath to perform his duties faithfully and without partiality, and to obey, uphold, and support the laws of the State of Georgia....
Download the entire Press Release here.

Man sentenced in crash that killed Coweta couple
August 6, 2018
Family and friends for both sides packed the courtroom gallery Monday as Superior Judge Emory Palmer sentenced Andrew John Wiemann to five years in prison for vehicular homicide in the death of Scott and Pam Mayo. In a blind, non-negotiated plea, Weimann pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and reckless driving.
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Father found guilty of murder
August 4, 2018
Asa Martel North was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to children in the deaths of his twin 15-month-old daughters, Ariel and Alaynah North, whom he left in a hot car for several hours in August 2016.
Read more here... [Times-Georgian]

New charges send former PTO treasurer to prison
August 1, 2018
For the second time in two years, Jennifer Reynolds Kee stood before Superior Court Judge Travis Sakrison and waited to be sentenced. Kee, 37, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony probation violation and to new charges, including exploitation of an elderly person, four counts of transaction card fraud and theft by deception.
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Protecting kids: Community partners re-sign Child Abuse Protocol
April 18, 2018
Former Miss America Mallory Hagan spoke at Wednesday's Child Abuse Awareness Day, where local groups involved with the Child Advocacy Center re-signed the Child Abuse Protocol. Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services hosted the event.
The center works with local law enforcement, the district attorney's office and the Division of Family and Child Services on child abuse cases. The child abuse protocol ensures counties implement best practices to investigate and treat all cases of child abuse and neglect.
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

(DA Cranford at Troup County's Child Abuse Awareness Ceremony at Coleman Community Center)

A Note from the District Attorney
April 13, 2018
The staff of the Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office Victim Assistance Program and I would like to THANK YOU for your participation in our annual Blood Drive during National Crime Victim's Rights Week. Through your participation, we are not only able to bring awareness of and honor to victims of crime, but we are also able to give back to other people in need who reside in our community.
For additional information about 2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week and how you can help crime victims, visit the Office for Victims of Crime website at https://www.ovc.gov/.
-District Attorney John H. Cranford, Jr.

(Members of the District Attorney's Office at the 2018 Blood Drive)

DA office to host Blood Drive Friday
April 09, 2018
"The District Attorney's Office hosts a yearly blood drive for Victims' Rights Week to honor the many victims for whom we seek justice throughout the year," DA Herb Cranford said. "We are proud to partner with the Red Cross for the sixth year in a row for this worthy cause and we ask the community to join us on April 13."
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Thornton gets life in stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend
March 25, 2018
"It was a brutal murder, and we are pleased with the verdict and the sentence," said District Attorney Herbert Cranford. "For a crime like this, a woman who was stabbed 55 times, he deserved nothing short of life without parole."
Read more here... [Times-Georgian]

Georgia taps Lagrange Police to help in fight against gangs
February 20, 2018
The LaGrange Police Department and Troup County District Attorney's Office are leading the way in the fight against gangs and the state of Georgia plans to ask for assistance. Formulytics, a Georgia-based software company that assists state and local law enforcement, jails, and district attorneys in the tracking and prosecution of violent criminal gang members oversees expanding the capabilities of law enforcement and prosecutors through specialized technology and training to help in the fight against gangs in Georgia.
Read more here... [WTVM]

From Twitter
February 13, 2018
Man sentenced for 2016 armed robbery
December 12, 2017
Daniel Warren Harris pled guilty Tuesday morning to charges of a gang act and aggravated assault after taking part in an armed robbery on Feb. 4, 2016. According to Assistant District Attorney James Powers, Harris was sentenced to 35 years to serve 20 years.
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

October 27, 2017
It took a Coweta County jury less than four hours on Thursday to find Willie Louis Turner II guilty of murder. The 12 jurors found Turner guilty on all three counts against him: malice murder, felony murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.Turner hung his head as the verdict was read aloud in the courtroom.
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Child molester was 'grooming' underage girl, prosecutors say
October, 2017
A Coweta man accused of child molestation will now spend the next 25 years behind bars. Earlier this week, Brian Keith Thrailkill, 47, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated child molestation. In the state of Georgia, the charge of aggravated child molestation carries a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison with no eligibility for parole.
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Caldwell enters guilty plea
September 29, 2017
Terry Lee Caldwell, 62, entered a negotiated guilty plea to aggravated assault on a peace officer and possession of a firearm last week in Coweta Judicial Circuit Court. Judge Travis Sakrison sentenced Caldwell to 25 years to serve 12 years in prison, according to the press release.
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

District Attorney's Office Delivers Backpacks to TCSS
August 28, 2017
That time of the year has once again come and gone where kids are headed back to school. Now that school is back in session, students are settling back into their routines. However, this transition is not always so easy for some as many students will start back to school without the supplies they need. Some will even start without a backpack at all. The local District Attorney's office and especially Assistant District Attorney's Drew Case and Brett Adams, have been on a mission to collect backpacks and supplies for children in need. Their movement, now entering its second year, is called Backpacks 4 Kids and this year, they delivered a large number of backpacks to the Troup County School System....
Read more here...(login required) [Troup County News]

Man gets life sentence for 2016 murder
August 25, 2017
Jerry Carston was found guilty of murder Thursday, Aug. 24 at Troup County Superior Court, according to assistant district attorney James Powers. The court sentenced him to life plus 45 years for a shooting that occurred in 2016. Carston, 16, was charged as an adult for shooting Quentin Williams on North Cary Street in July 2016, Powers said....
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

Dozens arrested on probation violations at 'Welcome home' from prison party
June 19, 2017
More than two dozen men were arrested Saturday at a Coweta County sports bar that officials had been investigating for months. Montel Whitaker, a local rapper recently released from prison, was at the Hoops Bar and Grill on Old Corinth Road in Newnan when about 30 law enforcement officers raided the club, Channel 2 Action News reported....
Read more here... [The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Man pleads guilty, sentenced in vehicular-homicide case
June 16, 2017
A man twice convicted of vehicular homicide in only four years is now heading to prison. Taylor Patrick Long pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, hit and run, driving under the influence and reckless driving in a negotiated plea before Judge Emory Palmer. Long, 22, was sentenced to 20 years to serve 15 years in prison for his role in the fatal car crash that took the life of his girlfriend, Victoria "Tori" Clanton, last November....
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Man sentenced to 20 years for domestic violence
June 16, 2017
A Coweta man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a domestic violence against his wife. Matthew Adam Sells, 34, was given a 40 year sentence, with 20 years to serve in prison, in Coweta County Superior Court this week. The second 20 years will be served on probation....
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Beasley sentenced to 25 years
June 4, 2017
Frederick Evan Beasley, 37, will spend the next 25 years locked up in a state prison. The man was sentenced in late May for his role in a shooting that was also an alleged gang "hit." Through a negotiated plea deal with the Troup County District Attorney"s Office, Beasley was supposed to serve less time behind bars - 30 years to serve 10 years as a recidivist. That sentence was conditional on his testimony during Roger Lee Ransom II's trial. But the 37-year-old man did not uphold his end of the bargain. Beasley changed his story the night before he was set to testify against co-defendant Ransom II, 35....
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

Jury finds man guilty of vehicular homicide
May 24, 2017
It took a jury less than 90 minutes on Wednesday to convict the man accused of killing two people when he traveled the wrong way down Interstate 185. Humphrey Kisia Semo was found guilty on all five counts against him inside a Troup County Superior Courtroom. The man was charged with two counts of homicide by vehicle, serious injury by vehicle, possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance and reckless driving. Presiding Superior Court Judge Emory Palmer wasted no time and sentenced Semo after the verdict. The man was sentenced to 45 years to serve 40 years in a state prison....
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

Teen pleads guilty to attempted armed robbery
May 23, 2017
An 18-year-old man and alleged gang member pleaded guilty in a Troup County Superior Courtroom Monday morning. Derrean Demetrius Tucker was accused of attempting to rob two Hispanic men in the front yard of their home in August 2016. He was originally charged with eight counts of violating the street gang terrorism and prevention act, criminal attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony crime.
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

Newnan man faces more time for child porn
May 21, 2017
A Newnan man currently serving a federal sentence for child pornography will now serve an additional 19 years in prison alongside his existing sentence. Emmett Winston Smith, 68, was sentenced 30 years to serve 19 by Judge Emory Palmer during a bench trial in Coweta County Superior Court. The new sentence will run concurrent with his federal sentence....
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Tyrail Wynn Murder Case
May 16, 2017
Today, Tyrail Arrenzo Wynn entered guilty pleas to Murder, Feticide, Aggravated Assault, Cruelty to Children in the First Degree, Tampering with Evidence, and Possession of Marijuana. Judge Dennis Blackmon sentenced the defendant to Life in prison for the murder of Nakita Holland, Life in prison for Feticide, and a total of twenty years on the remaining charges. Under Georgia law, the defendant will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least thirty (30) years in prison....
Download the entire Press Release here.

Victims' Rights Week highlighted with blood drive
May 14, 2017
In honor of Victims' Rights Week, the Coweta County District Attorney's Office recently hosted their annual blood drive. Sponsored by the Victim Assistance Program at the Coweta County District Attorney's Office, several members of the community, law enforcement and public safety turned out to give blood on April 27....
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Two sentenced in jail beating
May 3, 2017
Two men accused of attacking another inmate inside the Troup County Jail pleaded guilty Tuesday morning inside a Troup County Superior Courtroom. Kenderick Jamal Smith, 24 and Joe Dequavious Weldon, 22, were each charged with one count of aggravated assault and one count of influencing a witness....
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

Karate teacher pleads guilty to child molestation
May 2, 2017
A popular, former karate teacher pleaded guilty to multiple counts of child molestation early Monday morning inside a Troup County Superior Courtroom. Robert "Toby" Young, 59, was accused of four counts of child molestation, sodomy and enticing a minor for indecent purposes....
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

DA's Office
Phone Numbers

Carroll: (770) 830-2171
Coweta: (770) 254-7300
Heard: (706) 675-0955
Meriwether: (706) 672-1302
Troup: (706) 298-3708

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