Two officers in the Murray County Sheriff's Department have been suspended with pay in connection with a probe into planting of drugs on the vehicle of a woman who was cooperating with a state judicial ethics investigation, attorney McCracken Poston confirmed Tuesday.
Murray County Sheriff Howard Ensley has suspended Deputy Josh Greeson, who arrested Angela Garmley during a traffic stop Aug. 14.
He also suspended Capt. Michael Henderson, supervisor of Deputy Greeson. Capt. Henderson is the cousin of former Magistrate Court Judge Bryant Cochran, who was accused by Ms. Garmley of sexual improprieties.
Attorney Poston, who noted that Ms. Garmley "was arrested for possession of methamphetamine on the eve of Cochran's resignation," had asked "that all of the employees of the Murray County Sheriff's Office come forward with any and all information regarding the conspiracy to plant drugs on her car."
Attorney Poston said Ms. Garmley was asking that Murray County officers "uphold their oaths of office to help quickly solve the question of how widespread the conspiracy was to plant drugs on her car in an attempt to discredit her in her complaints against Chief Magistrate Judge Bryant Cochran."
Chief Magistrate Cochran recently resigned following charges by Ms. Garmley that he made sexual overtures to her when she came before him as a defendant. He said he stepped down because he had pre-signed warrants.
Shortly after Ms. Garmley made the charges, the sheriff's office said a search of her vehicle turned up meth. The GBI then said the drugs were planted and the charges were dismissed.
"It is obvious now that Angela Garmley was set-up and some illegal substance was planted on her vehicle," attorney Poston said. "It is now apparent that the young officer who arrested Angela Garmley was not being truthful in his extremely detailed incident report."
Attorney Poston "called for all state post-certified officers of the law to live up to the oaths of their office and come forward to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation with any and all information on their fellow officers and perhaps their own involvement in the controversy.
"Most of the information we have passed along to the GBI has been from ordinary citizens, and while it is perhaps unusual for the targets of an investigation to be officers of the law, these are public servants who owe us a duty of shooting straight - and it is time for any and all sworn law enforcement officers to come forward and give truthful information to the GBI."
Attorney Poston added: "If we can't trust them to do the right thing now and come forward with what they know, how can we ever trust them ever again to fairly enforce the law?"