New evidence delays trial for former Bibb Sheriff’s deputies facing federal charges

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A federal judge says new information involving former Bibb County Sheriff’s deputies facing corruption charges will delay plans for a February trial. 

Defense lawyers for Jimmy Denson, Decarlo Latimore, and Arthur Howard have to go through roughly 18,000 phone calls and text messages from a federal wire tap from January to August of 2014. 

The former deputies were arrested in July and all charged with attempted extortion after a series of FBI stings

A federal prosecutor presented information to Judge Marc Treadwell on Wednesday showing that the FBI recorded Jermaine Hill’s phone calls early in the investigation. 

Hill, another former Bibb deputy, was arrested and plead guilty to theft of government money and making a false statement. As part of his plea deal, he helped with the sting operations. 

Donald Johstono, Denson’s attorney, says the lack of sharing information in the case was either “miscommunication or the most egregious error he’s seen in 35 years in the criminal justice system.”

Judge Treadwell wants the defense attorneys to come up with a plan on how they’ll review the recordings. 

It took federal investigators three months, working two shifts a day to go through all of the calls. Attorneys have until the end of the week to come up with that plan.

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