Vic Reynolds
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District Attorney
70 Haynes Street
Marietta, GA 30090
(770) 528-3080
(770) 528-3030 fax
District Attorney
COBB JUDICIAL CIRCUIT 


Vic Reynolds

 

About Vic

Vic Reynolds was born and raised in Rome, Ga., and is a graduate of Floyd County public schools. In 1979 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro.

After graduating, Vic returned to Rome, where he was in law enforcement for four years. In 1986, Vic graduated from law school at Georgia State University and began prosecuting felony cases as an assistant district attorney in Fulton and Cobb counties. He was a prosecutor in Cobb when he was appointed as Chief Magistrate in 1994. Vic won election to a full term as Chief Magistrate in 1996, earning 72 percent of the vote. As Chief Magistrate, his duties included presiding over the Cobb County Drug Court. He left the bench in 1999 and began practicing criminal-defense law.

In July 2012, Vic was chosen by voters as the Republican nominee for District Attorney of the Cobb Judicial Circuit, and he won the office without opposition in the Nov. 6, 2012, general election.

He and his wife, Holly, who is also from Rome, have two daughters.



Kidnapping Victim Rescued by FBI Reunited With Family

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced the arrest of five people in the kidnapping of a N.C. man who was rescued late on April 9, 2014, in Atlanta. The Cobb District Attorney's Office, as well as Cobb County Police, were among the agencies that assisted in the investigation. Read the FBI's release. alt


McCoy honored at annual YWCA tribute

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Photo courtesy YWCA of Northwest Georgia

Kim McCoy, director of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit in the Cobb DA's Office, was recently honored by with the Pat Head Dignity Award, given by the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.

The award is named for former District Attorney Pat Head, who, with Holly Tuchman, executive director of the YWCA, and Head's wife, Beverly, helps select the recipients.

The award was among several given out during the YWCA's 29th annual Tribute to Women of Achievement. McCoy, center, is pictured with Head and Tuchman.



Crime Victims' Rights Week 2014

Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that this week is recognized nationally as Crime Victims' Rights Week, and the entire month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, as well as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

On Wednesday, April 16, the Cobb District Attorney's Office will partner with other law enforcement and community groups to present the Cobb County Awareness Vigil and Community Resource Fair. It will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square.

"Being the victim of a crime often changes people inside, and many are never the same again. Criminal acts also can deeply affect victims' family and friends. It is extremely important to take a few moments to remember those lost to crime as well as those still hurting," said District Attorney Vic Reynolds.

Other sponsors are the YWCA of Northwest Georgia, the Victim-Witness Assistance Unit of the Cobb DA's Office, the Cobb Solicitor General's Office, and Cobb County Government.

Kimberly B. McCoy, director of the Victim Witness Unit in the Cobb District Attorney’s Office, said, “Victims of crime suffer emotional, financial, and physical trauma as a result of the crimes inflicted upon them. The least we can do as a society is stand up for victims’ rights, ensuring that victims are kept informed of, allowed to participate in, and advised of options surrounding the criminal justice process.”

“Community awareness about the impact of crime not only informs the public of the plight of crime victims, it also honors the surviving spirit of victims and educates everyone about what services are available to crime victims,” McCoy said.

Free parking for this event is available on Waddell Street in Jury Lots A and B only. In case of inclement weather, the vigil/fair will be held in the Jury Assembly Room, Cobb Superior Courthouse, 70 Haynes Street, Marietta, Ga. 30090. For more information, please call 770-528-3047.

Separately, the Community Awareness Committee of Cobb's Neighborhood Safety Commission hosts panel discussions on ways to stay safe. The sessions are held at 100 Cherokee Street, 7 p.m. in the Commissioners meeting room on the second floor.  Channel 23 also broadcasts the monthly discussions.

Upcoming discussions:
April 24, 2014 Personal Safety in your Home and Community
May 1, 2014 Stalking/Teen Dating
May 14, 2014 Mental Health

If you have any questions or need additional information about the Community Awareness Committee discussions, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Trish at 770-565-2343. Written questions may be submitted through the confidential email provided and will be answered the evening of the panel discussion.


Law-enforcement training opportunity

The Cobb District Attorney's Office is sponsoring training for law enforcement officers, animal-control officers and prosecutors regarding encounters with animals.
Officers will learn when lethal force may and may not be necessary when dealing with threatening animals, as well as alternatives to lethal force in such situations.
The class will also feature one hour on what prosecutors need in animal-abuse investigations.

The four-hour session will be held Friday, April 25, in Marietta. At least two hours of free P.O.S.T. credit are available. Space is limited to law enforcement officers, animal-control officers and prosecutors.
Registration is required. To register, email Cobb Assistant District Attorney Sherwin K. Figueroa at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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Employees of the Cobb District Attorney’s Office recently gathered for an evening of fellowship and fun, as well as to honor several workerswho were selected by their peers. With DA Vic Reynolds are (from left) Chuck Boring, Assistant District Attorney of the Year; Crystal Gossett, Victim Witness Advocate of the Year; Regina Dickinson, Child Support Employee of the Year; Marilee Espy, Administrative Assistant of the Year; and Nick O’Conor, Investigator of the Year.





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Gov. Nathan Deal this week held a swearing-in ceremony for Don Geary, Chief Assistant District Attorney in Cobb, who is now also a commissioner on the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission. District Attorney Vic Reynolds accompanied Geary to the Capitol for the ceremony. Geary's term on the GAEC, which is commonly known as the boxing commission, is for four years. He previously chaired the commission.





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Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds was honored to introduce Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens at a recent Georgia Republican Party luncheon in Olens’ honor. John Padgett, chairman of the state party, presented Olens with a plaque honoring his service. The luncheon was held at the Commerce Club in Atlanta.





Two life sentences, plus 20 years, for man
convicted of raping, molesting little girls
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George Henry Lawton


April 10, 2014 -- Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a man has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus 20 years after being convicted of raping and sodomizing two little girls.

Jurors took less than two hours on Thursday to convict George Henry Lawton, 27, of Jacksonville, Fla., on all 11 counts in the indictment. The trial began Monday with jury selection.

The acts occurred between 2009 and 2011 when the girls were 5 and 8 years old, and they took place at three south Cobb residences. One of the young victims testified during the trial.

Mr. Lawton was romantically involved with the girls’ mother.

“He has been convicted of repeatedly raping and sodomizing an 8-year-old girl, and sodomizing a girl who was no more than 5 years old,” Assistant District Attorney Chuck Boring said during sentencing Thursday afternoon. “The evidence has shown that he cannot be trusted to be a free man.”

ADA Boring prosecuted the case with ADA Courtney Mays.

Mr. Lawton was found guilty of rape, four counts of aggravated sodomy, four counts of aggravated child molestation, and two counts of child molestation.

Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben M. Green then sentenced Mr. Lawton to two consecutive life sentences, plus 20 years to be served consecutively. He was sentenced as a recidivist, after the state presented evidence of several prior convictions.

Marietta attorney Ray Gary Jr. represented Mr. Lawton.



  Husband guilty of beating,
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Derrick McLaurence Williams


March 28, 2014 -- Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Smyrna man has been found guilty of beating and choking his wife in their Smyrna home in 2012.

Jurors took just over two hours on Friday to convict Derrick McLaurence Williams, 32, of malice murder, felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault in the Dec. 5, 2012, death of Finesse Dawson, 33.

After beating and choking Ms. Dawson at their home on Old Spring Road, Mr. Williams fled the state. He was captured by U.S. Marshals at a Greyhound bus station in Reno, Nev., on Dec. 12, 2012, using the alias “Johnny Cash.”

At the time of the killing, Mr. Williams was on probation for prior domestic-violence acts against his wife.

Deputy Chief ADA Michael Scott Carlson, who tried the case with ADA Courtney Mays, told jurors that Ms. Dawson had endured years of suffering at her husband’s hands. She had a tattoo on her leg that said: “Love Hurts … Derrick.”

“This was sustained cruelty,” Carlson said during his closing argument. “Derrick Williams is just a man who will not take responsibility for his actions. … He is a serial domestic abuser and a one-man war on women.”

Evidence was presented that Mr. Williams had previously beaten and choked two other girlfriends and inflicted injuries upon on them.

During the sentencing phase, Mr. Williams offered an apology to Ms. Dawson’s family and said he wished he “could take it all back.”

Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben M. Green sentenced Mr. Williams to life in prison without the possibility of parole, which was required because Mr. Williams is a recidivist. But as Carlson, the prosecutor, suggested, Judge Green said he would have given the same sentence regardless, “given the gravity of the injuries, and the torture of his victim.”

Mr. Williams was represented by Marietta attorneys Jill Stahlman and Elizabeth Guerra during the trial, which began Monday, March 24 with jury selection.



   Judge to child molester: 'There is something
terribly wrong with you'
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Adrian DeShawn Burney,


March 28, 2014 ­-- Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Lawrenceville man has been sentenced to 40 years for molesting a young girl.

Adrian DeShawn Burney, 38, was convicted on March 7 of two counts of child molestation. Mr. Burney had lived with the victim at the time of the acts, which started when the girl was 8 years old and continued over four years. The victim disclosed the abuse in 2005, when she was 15, while watching an episode of “Oprah” about child molestation.

In the interim, Mr. Burney pleaded guilty to raping two underage girls in Alabama and was serving time in that state. He was brought to Cobb to face the charges here upon being paroled in Alabama. 

Cobb State Court Judge Henry Thompson, sitting as a Superior Court Judge, presided over the trial.

Before imposing sentence, Judge Thompson told Mr. Burney that he had seen, there in the courtroom, the long-lasting consequences of these kinds of crimes.

"You saw the number of potential jurors that had to be excused during jury selection, because they or their spouse had been molested as a child and they couldn't be impartial. Most of them were not young. This stays with people the rest of their lives," Judge Thompson said.

“Nobody can undo the damage you have done to your victim. I’m not trying to be insulting, but there is something terribly wrong with you. A normal person has compassion for children and a protective instinct, but you have nothing. It’s almost like you have a hole in your soul where a normal person keeps that protective instinct for children. I don’t know if there’s any cure for it, but at this point you are no longer the main concern. The main concern is the protection of society from you.”

Judge Thompson then sentenced Mr. Burney to 40 years, with 20 years to serve in custody.

Assistant District Attorney Chuck Boring said the sentence was just.

“He needs to pay for what he did, and society needs to be protected from Mr. Burney,” Boring said.

Mr. Burney was represented by Marietta attorney Louis Turchiarelli.


Guilty of armed robbery,
man faces life without parole
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Calvin Bernard Hill


March 28, 2014 -- Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Marietta man faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole after being convicted as a recidivist of armed robbery and other charges.

Jurors deliberated just two hours on Thursday before finding Calvin Bernard Hill, 36, guilty of armed robbery, theft by taking, burglary and kidnapping in the Feb. 29, 2012 incident at a house on Wood Hollow Drive in Marietta. The crime scene is near Interstate 75 and Windy Hill Road.

Assistant District Attorney Theresa M. Schiefer said the case hinged largely on cell-phone data.

Cobb Superior Court Judge J. Stephen Schuster set sentencing for 9:30 a.m. April 1. Due to Mr. Hill’s prior felony convictions, he faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

Mr. Hill is represented by attorney Ted Johnson of Atlanta. The defense did not put up any witnesses during the trial, which began Tuesday, March 25.




    Son found guilty but mentally ill
in mother’s 2012 killing
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Damian Cornell McElrath


March 6, 2014 ­-- Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a 20-year-old man has received a life sentence after being found guilty but mentally ill for stabbing his mother to death in their home.

Damian Cornell McElrath lived in the Ashley Drive home, in west Cobb, with his mother, Diane McElrath, 58. He suffers from mental illness and had been in and out of inpatient care in the months preceding the July 16, 2012, attack.

Mr. McElrath acknowledged stabbing his mother in the neck and torso that day. He then called police, changed his clothes and smoked a cigarette outside the home while waiting for police. The medical examiner testified that Diane McElrath had been stabbed more than 50 times.

He told detectives that his mother told him that morning that she was trying to kill him and had been poisoning him for years.

Deputy Chief ADA Jesse Evans agreed with the defense that Mr. McElrath was mentally ill at the time of the crime and may have been suffering from a delusional compulsion.

However, Mr. Evans argued that the defense did not meet the three elements required under the state’s delusional compulsion rule, specifically that the delusion, if true, would legally justify the act.
“Justification means self defense,” Mr. Evans said. “He is guilty but mentally ill. Being mentally ill never excuses criminal conduct.”

Cobb Superior Court Judge James G. Bodiford heard evidence over four days in the non-jury trial before finding Mr. McElrath guilty but mentally ill Thursday on charges of murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.

Judge Bodiford immediately sentenced Mr. McElrath to life in prison.

Mr. McElrath’s attorney, Kevin Rodgers of Smyrna, had sought a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity during the trial, which began March 3.

                  ‘Sovereign citizens’ sentenced
in house-stealing case

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March 7, 2014 – District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that two self-proclaimed “sovereign citizens” have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for violating Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by trying to take control of homes they did not own in Fulton, DeKalb and Forsyth counties.

Cobb Superior Court Judge A. Gregory Poole sentenced Susan Lorraine Weidman, 52, of Kennesaw, to 40 years, with 20 years to be served in prison and the rest on probation. Ms. Weidman told the court the situation "was a failure to communicate between me and law enforcement."

A codefendant, Matthew Lowery, 29, of Alpharetta, was sentenced as a recidivist to 20 years, with 10 years to serve in prison.

Last Friday, jurors convicted Ms. Weidman of three counts of RICO violations, and Mr. Lowery on two RICO violations.

Deputy Chief ADA John Melvin, who prosecuted the case, told the court that "Ms. Weidman, as the ringleader, brought a lot of pain to a lot of people. You see a pattern of activity over several years in which Ms. Weidman refuses to get it."

Judge Poole told Ms. Weidman her actions were nothing but thievery and burglary.

"This was no experiment," Judge Poole said. "You had folks breaking into houses, changing the locks, and outright thieving. It was just incredulous to me that a citizen could think she could get away with this."

Mr. Melvin lauded Judge Poole's sentence in the case.

"We are eternally grateful that Judge Poole saw this for what it is and went the extra mile to hold these people accountable and protect the citizens of Cobb County," Mr. Melvin said.

In one instance, Ms. Weidman entered a vacant home at 130 Champlain Street, Decatur, changed the locks, and then filed false documents with the Clerk of Superior Court in DeKalb to claim the property. She then lied to law enforcement officers investigating the case.

Mr. Lowery and others also occupied a house on Shade Tree Way in Cumming and when challenged by a real-estate firm representing the bank owner, Ms. Weidman sent a letter from a nonexistent law firm and signed by a nonexistent lawyer on behalf of a nonexistent property-management firm threatening legal action if agents entered the property again.

Ms. Weidman was represented by Marietta attorney John Allen Hilderbrand. Mr. Lowery was represented by Charles Engelberger III, of Marietta.

In January, a Kennesaw father and son who were indicted in the same case pleaded guilty. Giulio Glenn Greye, 61, was sentenced to five years, with two years to serve in prison. Ian Greye, 34, was sentenced to 10 years, with two years to serve in prison.


D.A. Vic Reynolds is named
a Top 10 Animal Defender

Feb. 20, 2014 –Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds is among the nation’s Top 10 Animal Defenders as recognized by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), a nonprofit organization of attorneys who focus on the enforcement of animal-protection laws.

ALDF is celebrating its annual National Justice for Animals Week through Feb. 22, 2014. The week is dedicated to raising awareness about animal abuse and urging law enforcement, prosecutors, and lawmakers to protect our animals and our communities from abusers.

“Animal victims cannot speak for themselves — so concerned citizens, and our legal system, must speak for them,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of ALDF. “Vic Reynolds has gone above and beyond to earn his place among America’s Top Ten Animal Defenders during National Justice for Animals Week 2014.”

D.A. Reynolds took office on Jan. 1, 2013. After seeing several animal-abuse cases, he created an Animal Abuse Unit within the office, to send a clear message that this behavior is not tolerated. He also charged his prosecutors with using forfeiture statutes to make sure abused animals are permanently removed from the perpetrators and eventually made available for adoption.

The Unit has been already been successful. There have been several indictments of felony animal abuse returned by the Grand Jury. The Unit has also persuaded judges to forfeit animals and to issue court orders prohibiting the perpetrators from retrieving abused animals. Several animals have since been placed with loving adoptive families.

“I am very honored for this recognition, but the true credit belongs to the prosecutors and law enforcement on the front lines who work daily to make sure animals are not abused and that the perpetrators who commit such offenses are held accountable,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds and his wife, Holly, live in Marietta with their labs, Cooper and TJ, a rescue.

The ALDF’s other Top 10 Animal Defenders include district attorneys, prosecutors, elected officials and others from Massachusetts to Oregon.
For more information, visit http://aldf.org/national-justice-for-animals-week/




Learn ways to stay safe


The Community Awareness Committee of Cobb's Neighborhood Safety Commission invites you to attend monthly panel discussions to be held at 100 Cherokee Street, 7 p.m. in the Commissioners meeting room on the second floor.  Channel 23 will broadcast the monthly panel discussions.

Other discussions:
April 24, 2014 Personal Safety in your Home and Community

May 14, 2014 Mental Health

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Trish at 770-565-2343.  Written questions may be submitted through the confidential email provided and will be answered the evening of the panel discussion.



Help find young woman’s killer

Jan. 14, 2014 – District Attorney Vic Reynolds and Powder Springs Police are asking for the public’s help finding whoever killed a young mother in her home one year ago.

Danielle Marshall, 23, was found murdered in her home on Palomino Drive, Powder Springs, on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. The perpetrator killed Marshall and left her infant daughter unattended in the home. Police were called to the home by the father of the child, who said no one was answering the door at Ms. Marshall’s home, though he could hear the baby crying inside.

Danielle’s mother, Gloria Marshall, said her daughter was always laughing and making others laugh. She had recently left her job at a Goodwill store to attend Chattahoochee Tech, Gloria Marshall said.

“She was a happy person, and she had the deepest dimples,” Gloria Marshall said. “The greatest thing to her was giving birth to her daughter.”

Danielle’s baby girl is now 20 months old.

Detective Lt. L. Cadwell of the Powder Springs Police Department said Danielle’s killing was the only homicide in the City of Powder Springs in 2013. Detectives conducted dozens of interviews and followed various leads, but have been unable to make any arrests in the case.

Anyone with any information that may lead to Danielle Marshall’s killer is urged to call
the Cobb County Cold Case tipline at 770-528-3032. Callers do not have to leave their name.

Other contacts:
Crimestoppers, 404-577-TIPS
Det. Lt. L. Cadwell at 770-257-1394 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Inv. Nick O’Conor, in the DA’s Office, at 770-528-3015 

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Father-son ‘sovereign citizens’ get prison
in RICO case

Jan. 9, 2014 – District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that two Kennesaw men who proclaimed to be “sovereign citizens” pleaded guilty to violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act after engaging in a pattern of racketeering activity that included burglary, theft, mail fraud, false writings and other crimes in attempting to take control of homes they did not own in Fulton, DeKalb and Forsyth counties.

Giulio Glenn Greye, 61, and his son, Ian Justain Greye, 34, pleaded guilty on Tuesday. Cobb Superior Court Judge A. Gregory Poole immediately sentenced Giulio Greye to five years, with two years to serve in prison. Judge Poole sentenced Ian Greye to 10 years, with two years to serve in prison.
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Giulio Glenn Greye

In one instance, the Greyes moved into a vacant home they did not own at 130 Champlain Street, Decatur, changed the locks, and then filed false documents with the Clerk of Superior Court in DeKalb in an effort to claim ownership of the property. They also lied to law enforcement officers investigating the case.

Deputy Chief ADA John Melvin is prosecuting the case.

“Ian Greye and Giulio Greye, self-proclaimed sovereign citizens, were opportunistic criminals,” Melvin said.

“Our nation’s volatile housing market created a prime opportunity for a variety of mortgage fraud schemes and collateral criminal activity related to the vacant property which they broke into and attempted to illegally seize,” Melvin said. “They pled guilty to racketeering including the underlying acts of mail fraud, burglary, false writings and theft. Judge Poole sent a clear message in his sentence that Cobb County will not tolerate this nonsense.”

The father and son were among four defendants indicted by a Cobb Grand Jury in this RICO case last year. The two other defendants, Susan Lorraine Weidman, 52, of Kennesaw, and Matthew Daniel Lowery, 29, of Alpharetta, are expected to stand trial before Judge Poole next month.

Giulio Greye was represented by attorney Scott Anderson of Marietta.

Marietta attorney Catherine Lerow represented Ian Greye.





Man to serve 25 years for Family Violence acts

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Devon Gilbert

Jan. 9, 2014 -- District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Cobb County man has been sentenced to 40 years for beating and assaulting his wife in the presence of their young children.

Jurors took just an hour on Thursday to convict Devon Lamar Gilbert, 22, of two counts of Aggravated Battery- Family Violence; five counts of Aggravated Assault- Family Violence; and three counts of Cruelty to Children in the Third Degree.

The charges stemmed from two documented incidents in July 2012 and May 2013.

Assistant District Attorney Molly Gillis, who prosecuted the case, said: "The repeated torture that the Defendant inflicted on his young wife was horrendous. Her injuries were heinous -- ranging from deep bites, to burns, to bruising to scarring. The courage the victim demonstrated during trial was truly admirable. The jurors sent a message to the Defendant that he will never abuse this woman again. We hope that the verdict allows the victim closure to this terrible part of her life."

Assistant District Attorney Susan Treadaway also assisted in the prosecution of the case.

Mr. Gilbert testified in his defense during the trial, which began Monday, though his testimony acknowledged committing some of the acts.

Cobb Superior Court Judge C. LaTain Kell rebuked Mr. Gilbert before sentencing him to 40 years, with 25 years to serve in prison.

"When he gets angry and can't control himself, he walks away. That's what a man does," Judge Kell told Mr. Gilbert.

Marietta attorney John Hildebrand represented Mr. Gilbert, who has been held without bond since May 2013.




Domestic Violence and Adult Sexual Assault
For shelter, support groups, program services, counseling, community education and prevention, Latino outreach, contact the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.
www.ywca.org/site/pp.asp?c=ejINI0PNKuG&b=306834
Child Abuse
For crisis services-intervention, assessment and treatment; forensic interviews, evaluation and counseling; community education and prevention, contact the SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center.
www.safepath.org
Homicide Survivors
Find out about support groups, annual memorial services, and community education through the Crime Victims Advocacy Council.
www.cvaconline.org