“When a district attorney is unable to take on a case due to a conflict, our office must appoint another prosecutor to handle the case,” Carr said Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, many questions and concerns have arisen regarding, among other things, the communications between and actions taken by the District Attorneys of the Brunswick and Waycross Circuits. As a result, we have requested the GBI to review in order to determine whether the process was undermined in any way.”
Carr is alleging the state was kept in the dark by Jackie Johnson, district attorney for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, and Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney George Barnhill. Last month, Barnhill wrote there was insufficient probable cause to charge two suspects in the case with murder. Johnson has disputed claims from two Glynn County commissioners who say her office stopped police officers from arresting those suspects on the day Arbery was shot to death.