Wilkinson County grand jury dismisses Gordon Mayor’s case

GORDON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Wilkinson County grand jury recently handed down a no-bill in a case involving Gordon Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue.

The grand jury made its decision Monday to dismiss any criminal charges against the Gordon Mayor, according to Stephen Bradley, the Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit.

Mayor Whipple-Lue was accused of making false statements to the Gordon Police Department regarding a case involving Katherine Wells. Wells was accused of hitting a man following a city council meeting. The grand jury also handed down a no-bill in her case as well.

“After hearing from some witnesses, the grand jury instructed our office to draw up two indictments,” explains Bradley. “By law, Mayor Whipple-Lue was entitled to testify if she chose to do so.

Bradley adds the mayor, as well as Andy Hester, testified on behalf of the Gordon Police Department.

“We offered no opinion in the case, allowed the grand jury to hear all the evidence to make a decision,” Bradley tells 41NBC. “The grand jury has the option of a true bill which sends the case forward to a jury trial or no-bill which ends the criminal prosecution of the case.”

Bradley also said the law prohibits the internals of a grand jury to be revealed.

“All that comes out is the results of their deliberation,” comments Bradley.  “We certainly don’t want to hide anything but there is a limit on what we can say.”

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