SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A special prosecutor has been assigned to a case involving a county coroner who resigned amid allegations of misuse of public funds.
Former Chatham County Coroner James Metts resigned abruptly in mid-December while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigated a complaint that Metts allegedly misspent at least $141,000 in taxpayer money.
Spokesman for the Eastern Judicial District of Georgia Daniel Baxter Monday said Atlantic Judicial Circuit prosecutor Tom Durden has been assigned to the case because District Attorney Meg Heap once worked in a private practice with Metts' son.
Baxter says Durden's office will decide what charges Metts will face. Calls to Durden and an attorney representing Metts were not immediately returned.