District Attorney
John Herbert Cranford, Jr.

MISSION STATEMENT
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.

News

Social Distancing and Contacting the District Attorney's Office
March 24, 2020
During the period of restricted movement and social distancing required to minimize the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we are requesting that you please contact us by phone or email rather than coming to our offices in person. To contact a victim advocate, please visit the Victim Assistance portion of this website. To otherwise contact this office, please visit the Contact Us portion of this website. Thank you for working with us during this time.

District Attorney's Office Donates Supplies to YMCA for First Responders and Medical Professionals
March 23, 2020
Today, the District Attorney's Office donated supplies (see below) to support the YMCA in their mission to provide daycare for first responders and medical professionals in our area. Combating the ongoing health crisis requires that we all come together as a community and work together.

[YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta Facebook Page]

Man Found Guilty of Assaulting Deputies
March 13, 2020
A Carrollton man was convicted Thursday on charges that included assaulting sheriff's deputies in an August 2018 incident. Darrell Reed Shelnutt was found guilty on two counts of aggravated assault of a police officer and two counts of interference with government property. The verdict, from a Carroll County Superior Court jury, followed two days of testimony. According to testimony, the case involved an Aug. 23, 2018, incident in which two deputies responded to what was reported to be a domestic dispute at a mobile home community on Garden Lake Drive. While deputies were on the scene, Shelnutt, 57 at the time, allegedly rammed into the back of one of the deputies' patrol cars. That car was then pushed forward, causing it to strike the other sheriff's vehicle. Deputies had to move out of the way to avoid injury by Shelnutt's vehicle....
Read more here... [Times-Georgian]

Uncle Receives 40 Years for Abusing 5 Nieces
March 13, 2020
A Coweta man accused of sexually abusing five of his nieces decades ago is headed to prison. On Friday, Russell Middendorf was convicted on charges of child molestation and enticement. Superior Court Judge Travis Sakrison sentenced Middendorf to 40 years in prison. Middendorf was accused of sexually abusing five of his nieces, who ranged in age from 4-9 at the time....
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

District Attorney's Office Attends Law Student Career Fair hosted by Georgia State College of Law
February 28, 2020
District Attorney Herb Cranford and several Assistant District Attorneys greatly enjoyed meeting students at Georgia State University's College of Law interested in a possible career in prosecution. Our office is always looking for law students interested in internship and employment opportunities.

Pictured above are Assistant District Attorneys Jack Winne, Meaghan Smith, and Robert Mooradian.

5th Annual Roll for Advocacy - Carroll County Child Advocacy Center Fundraiser - "Ladies Night"
February 27, 2020
District Attorney Herb Cranford attended and spoke at this years' Annual Roll for Advocacy, a fundraising event for the Carroll County Child Advocacy Center.

Child Advocacy Centers implement a child-centered approach toward the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and other crimes against children. The benefits of this approach include reducing trauma to children, increasing adequacy of interventions, reducing the duplication of services, providing a better quality of evidence, and helping obtain justice for these children as a result.

Carroll County Child Advocacy Center
District Attorney Herb Cranford addresses attendees of this years fundraiser
Pictured above are members of the Carroll County District Attorney's Office

District Attorney's Office Speaks to Students in the Criminology Program at University of West Georgia
February 27, 2020
Investigator Ryan Foles of the Coweta County District Attorney's Office spoke to students in the Criminology program concerning gangs. Topics included a discussion of national and local gangs as well as current local and state efforts to curb and prevent gang activity in our community.

District Attorney's Office Investigator Speaks at University of West Georgia "Careers in Law Enforcement" Panel
February 20, 2020
Investigator Sonia Green of the Coweta County District Attorney's Office spoke to students interested in a possible career in law enforcement. Investigator Green conveyed to students the importance of internships in deciding upon a career path while describing how having a strong work ethic and personal integrity are critical to being successful in a criminal justice career.


Meriwether County Man Gets Life Sentence for Raping 10-Year-Old Girl
February 19, 2020
On February 14, 2020, after a four-day trial, a Meriwether County jury found Mario Dante Clemons, 31, of Manchester, guilty of one count of Rape, two counts of Aggravated Child Molestation, two counts of Child Molestation and one count of Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes. After the verdict, Kennedy was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Travis Sakrison to three life sentences running concurrently, followed by twenty years on probation with Sex Offender Conditions.
Assistant District Attorney Tim Marlow prosecuted the case with great care for the 10 year old victim, and worked tirelessly to get her justice. Assistant Chief Chris Jones of the Manchester Police Department led the investigation of this case, which was the product of the professionalism and coordinated work of the Upson Regional Medical Center, Twin Cedars Child Advocacy Center, the Department of Family and Children Services....
Download the entire Press Release here...
Read more here... [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Troup County Jury Finds Demetris Kennedy Guilty in Dogfighting, Drug Dealing Case
February 18, 2020
On February 13, 2020, after a three-day trial, a Troup County jury found Demetris Deshan Kennedy, a/k/a "Junt," 32, of LaGrange, guilty of three counts of Dogfighting, three counts of Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, one count of Theft by Receiving Stolen Firearm, and one count of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. After the verdict, Kennedy was taken into custody. Sentencing is scheduled for March 30, 2020.

Assistant District Attorney Jack Winne prosecuted the case. Task Force Agent Adam Blane, of the G.B.I. West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office and LaGrange Police Department, and Investigator Clint Stephens, of the LaGrange Police Department, conducted the investigation. The efforts of these investigators and ADA Winne to stop this animal abuser and drug dealer make LaGrange a safer community for everyone, including animals. Dogs should be treated with love as pets, not as gladiators that fight to the death. As other prosecutions in our community have shown, dealing drugs while possessing firearms ultimately ends with violence. We are thankful the jury held this defendant accountable
Download the entire Press Release here...
Read more here... [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Gang Member Sentenced
December 25, 2019
A local gang member pled guilty to aggravated assault and other charges last week and was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison followed by 20 years on probation.

Tavion Deshan Harton, 19, pled guilty to two violations of the street gang terrorism and prevention act, one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and one count of possession of firearm during commission of a felony....
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

Jury Finds Joe Randall Bryan guilty of Enticing a Child
December 9, 2019
A jury found defendant Joe Randall Bryan guilty of enticing a child for indecent purposes Monday in Heard County Superior Court. Bryan was investigated by Investigator Dan Boswell with the Heard County Sheriff's Office and was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Paul Spann....
Read more here... [Heard Citizen]

District Attorney's Office Helps Train Georgia Police Accreditation Coalition on Local Gangs
December 5, 2019
Investigator Ryan Foles of the Coweta County District Attorney's Office and the President of the Georgia Gang Investigator's Association, Chief James Calloway of the Morrow Police Department, helped train the Georgia Police Accreditation Coalition (GPAC) membership on gang investigations as part of a two day training.

Spirit Night for Gigi's House
November 13, 2019

Join us tonight at Chick-fil-a located at 505 Bullsboro Drive as we raise support and awareness for Gigi's House, an amazing shelter that is dedicated to serving girls ages 13-19 who are victims of sex trafficking. We hope to see you there and appreciate your support.
Download the Spirit Night flyer for Gigi's House here...

Munchkin Masquerade
October 31, 2019
For the second year, the District Attorney's Office participated in downtown Newnan's Munchkin Masquerade for Halloween. District Attorney Cranford believes engaging the community is an essential part of a prosecutor's role in pursuing justice. Achieving justice requires the community to know and trust those who seek justice on their behalf.

Members of the District Attorney's office, including investigators, victim advocates, and assistant district attorneys, all had a fun time handing out candy and honorary prosecutor badges. The littles ones were out in full force with some really great costumes! (See below photos)


Twice Convicted: In retrial, Michelle Hall found guilty of 2008 murder of husband
October 16, 2019
Ten years after a jury found a Coweta woman guilty of murdering her husband, a new trial warranted similar results for Michelle Garner Hall. In September 2009, a jury convicted Michelle of malice murder, felony murder based on aggravated assault, and aggravated assault of her husband, John "Britt" Hall. She was sentenced again to life in prison....
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Three Defendants Sentenced to Prison on Separate Child Molestation Cases in Carroll County Superior Court
August 7, 2019
On August 6, 2019 in Carroll County Superior Court three defendants were each sentenced to substantial prison sentences for three separate child molestation cases. All three cases were resolved by negotiated plea and were respectively sentenced 10 years in prison, 20 years in prison, and 25 years in prison by Coweta Judicial Circuit Judge Dennis Blackmon....
Download the entire Press Release and read more here...

Malcolm Holloway Found Guilty of Felony Murder and Related Charges
August 5, 2019
On August 2, 2019, after a four-day trial, a Troup County jury found Malcolm Jamal Holloway, 29, of LaGrange, guilty of Felony Murder, Criminal Attempt to Commit Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, and four counts of Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony. Coweta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Dustin Hightower sentenced Holloway to life with the possibility of parole plus 20 years in prison.

Detective John Slonaker of the LaGrange Police Department was the lead investigator on the case. The LaGrange Police Department deserves special recognition for the investigation of this case....
Download the entire Press Release and read more here...

Ammad Houston Pleads Guilty to Gang Motivated Shooting
July 31, 2019
On July 30, 2019 Ammad Minuel Houston was sentenced to 40 years, with 20 of those years to be served in prison, by Coweta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Emory Palmer for a gang motivated shooting in Newnan, Ga that severely injured a man on June 20, 2018. Houston pled guilty Coweta County Superior Court Case No. 2018-R-691 to all charges- two counts of violating Georgia's Street Gang Terrorism Prevention Act, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime. The non-negotiated guilty plea was entered the week before Houston was to proceed to trial.

Houston, a member of the MOB PIRU criminal street gang, pulled a gun on the victim, who Houston regarded as an associate of the Crip criminal street gang, and...
Download the entire Press Release and read more here...

1st Annual Child Abuse Awareness Ceremony and Child Abuse Protocol Re-signing
April 25, 2019
Today the District Attorney's Office helped organize and participate in Coweta County's first annual Child Abuse Awareness Ceremony. This gathering brought together the diverse agencies who work together to provide resources and services to families and victims of child abuse. As part of the ceremony, after hearing from various representives of the different agencies, a child abuse victim's mother gave a heart-felt description of the process she experienced after her daughter was severely abused by the child's father, and the journey she and her daughter went through until justice was finally delivered. Thereafter, heads of the different agencies reaffirmed their committment to the Child Abuse Protocol, by re-signing this document which describes each agency's role in the multidisciplinary investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. Such cooperation and dedication is key in responding to cases of child abuse and providing the necessary support that such traumatic and difficult situations require. Please spread awareness of this support network to encourage those who know of child abuse to come forward so we can help.

Blood Drive for Victims' Rights Week
April 12, 2019
On Friday, April 12, 2019, the Coweta County District Attorney's Office will be hosting a Blood Drive at the Coweta County Justice Center in Cranford Hall on the first floor. The Blood Drive will be between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Your participation and donation is very appreciated and could help save a life! All presenting donors will receive a free t-shirt for their participation. We hope to see you there!

Download the 2019 Blood Drive flier here.

(Members of the District Attorney's Office preparing for the Blood Drive - Photo courtesy of Clay Neely)

Life Sentence for Deadly Dice Game Shooting
February 9, 2019
A man accused of fatally shooting another man during a dice game is now heading to prison. Tuesday, Michael Javon Williams was sentenced to life in prison with a possibility of parole after 30 years by Judge Matthew Simmons....
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Munchkin Masquerade
October 31, 2018
This year, the District Attorney's Office participated in downtown Newnan's Munchkin Masquerade for Halloween. Members of our staff had a great time interacting with the community and seeing all the little ones in their costumes. Our office handed out candy and many stickers to all the "Honorary Junior Prosecutors" out there!


Jon Schuck
October 29, 2018
Having reviewed the case of Mr. Jon Schuck, who was arrested on October 2, 2018 for the offense of misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals, the District Attorney's Office has concluded there is insufficient evidence to proceed on either misdemeanor or felony Cruelty to Animals, as newly obtained evidence shows that his dog, Beauty, passed away that day of natural causes related to lymphoma and sepsis, rather than as a result of any neglect or mistreatment....
Download the entire Press Release and read more here.

Aryan Brotherhood member gets 20 years for racial assault
September 26, 2018
After admitting guilt, Christopher Copson, an Aryan Brotherhood member, was sentenced this week to 20 years in a Georgia prison for shooting at a black man whose car momentarily blocked a driveway in Meriwether County.

"We must not wish away this crisis but recognize it for what it is and dedicate the resources necessary on the local level to empower law enforcement and prosecutors to remove violent gang members like Christopher Copson from free society," DA Cranford said in a statement.
Read more here... [Southern Poverty Law Center]

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]

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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