Murray Deputy Involved In Alleged Drug Planting Fired; Captain Still On Paid Leave

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Murray County Sheriff's deputy who carried out an arrest of a woman who had brought charges against Chief Magistrate Bryant Cochran has been fired.

Murray County Sheriff Howard Ensley on Wednesday dismissed Deputy Josh Greeson.

Capt. Michael Henderson, cousin of the former chief magistrate, remains on paid leave.

Ringgold Attorney McCracken Poston, who represents Angela Garmley said he expects that further action may take place involving Capt. Henderson.

He said, "I am pleased that it appears this matter is being taken very seriously. All citizens of Murray County should feel relieved that rogue officers are not being allowed to remain on the force."

Attorney Poston said, "I also hope that arrests will be made in this case. These are crimes that occurred."

He praised Sheriff Ensley and the GBI "for prompt action" following the "arrest" of Ms. Garmley and two others following a traffic stop.

Attorney Poston said Joe Garmley, who happened upon the scene, saw Deputy Greeson waiting on Ms. Garmley's vehicle. He said that "was contrary to what is in his very detailed arrest report."

The attorney said, "All three who were arrested want others who are charged in the case to have the due process of law that was not afforded them."

Ms. Garmley claimed that Magistrate Cochran made sexual overtures to her in his office when she was a defendant in his court.

Cochran later resigned, saying he was not doing so due to her charges but because he admitted pre-signing warrants.


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