Dublin DA to Investigate John Williams Case

11:55 AM, Sep 9, 2010   |    comments
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Dublin's district attorney will decide whether to prosecute Warner Robins City Council member John Williams for allegedly filing a false report about a stolen cell phone.

Craig Fraser, district attorney for the Dublin Judicial Circuit, says he now has the Warner Robins police case file on the Williams case.

He'll review the case and decide whether it should be presented to a grand jury.

The Houston County district attorney's office turned the case over to Fraser to avoid possible conflict of interest.

In June, Williams accused a homeless woman of stealing his cell phone at a Waffle House, but the phone was later found in bushes outside the restaurant, a police report says.

He was arrested on charges that include tampering with evidence, false statements and false report of a crime.

The report says Williams accused the 41-year-old homeless woman of stealing his city-owned phone, but officers cleared her after talking to her and watching the restaurant's surveillance tape.

The woman told police that when Williams left the restaurant earlier, he said he was going home "to get his phone."

Williams and a young man began looking for the phone in bushes outside the restaurant, where a police officer eventually found it. The report does not explain how the phone got in the bushes.

After being charged, the 71-year-old Williams sent the media and other city officials an email that accused police of retaliating against him for political reasons.



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