District Attorney
Peter J. Skandalakis
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- Pete Skandalakis


Woman found guilty of defrauding charity
March 22, 2017
LaGRANGE - It took a Troup County Superior Court jury less than 10 minutes to find an Alabama woman guilty of stealing more than $100,000 from a local non-profit organization and the Board of Education. Annie Doris Gray, also known as Ann Spell, was found guilty on the 13 counts against her, including: seven counts of identity fraud, four counts of theft by deception, one count of theft by conversion and one count of forgery in the first degree.
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

Man gets life in double murder
February 22, 2017
Jarico Deshun Brown will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing two men in 2014. Along with girlfriend Keyna Nneaka Sewell, Brown was charged with the murder of Allen Cantrell and Wes Watson back in October 2014....
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Man who killed 3-month-old baby pleads guilty
February 20, 2017
A man accused of abusing and killing the infant of his then-girlfriend pleaded guilty in a Troup County Superior Court last week. Brandon Lamonte Heard, 31, was charged with murder, aggravated assault and cruelty to children in the first degree for the death of Skylar King in August 2015....
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

4 sentenced in McGregor Street murder
February 18, 2017
Almost two years after Tony Kennedy, 21, was gunned down in an east LaGrange neighborhood, his killers pleaded guilty to the charges against them in a Troup County Superior Courtroom early this week....
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

DA's office takes aim at alleged gang leaders, members
February 2, 2017
Alleged members of the local Bloods criminal street gang are facing numerous charges for crimes throughout Troup County. The document contains at least 11 defendants and 38 criminal charges - though not every person listed in the indictment is charged in all of the counts....
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

Gang member gets 20 years for armed robbery
January 29, 2017
A suspected gang member is now heading to prison after pleading guilty to armed robbery. In a negotiated plea, Judge Travis Sakrison sentenced Marquez Bernard Smith to 40 years with a minimum of 20 years in prison for armed robbery and two counts of Violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Students learn law and order
January 28, 2017
There were some new, fresh faces seated behind the state and defense attorney's tables on Wednesday inside a Troup County Superior Courtroom. These lawyers did not pass the bar exam; in fact, these attorneys' have not yet graduated high school. The teens are part of the inaugural LaGrange High School Mock Trial team. On Saturday, the group will square off against several area schools in their first mock trial competition.
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

Prison time for bacon outburst
January 26, 2017
A man accused of getting into a physical altercation after a fast food restaurant put bacon on his burger will now be heading to prison.
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Man sentenced on two counts of child molestation
January 26, 2017
A Coweta man charged with child molestation will be going to prison for the next 19 years. James Matthew Turner, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of child molestation on Monday.
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Man pleads guilty to child molestation
December 14, 2016
Justin Andrew Clark, 23, pleaded guilty to two counts of child molestation last Thursday. In a negotiated plea, Judge Emory Palmer sentenced Clark to 40 to serve 19 years - meaning that Clark will serve 19 years in prison, and the rest on probation....
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Man sentenced in brutal beating of ex-girlfriend
December 13, 2016
A man convicted of beating his ex-girlfriend with a shotgun, hammer and his feet was sentenced in a Troup County Superior Court on Monday morning. Eddie James Huguley, 42, will spend three decades behind bars for the incident....
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

Man pleads guilty to molesting neighbor
December 9, 2016
A man accused of child molestation and statutory rape pleaded guilty to the charges against him this week inside a Troup County Superior Courtroom. Quincy Fincher, 38, was arrested in Sept. 2015 for inappropriately touching the young daughter of his neighbor inside his home in...
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

Man sentenced in church standoff, high-speed pursuit
November 29, 2016
A man involved in a high-speed chase a year ago that ended with a violent standoff with police in a local church is now heading to prison. On Monday afternoon, one year and 10 days after the incident, Judge Emory Palmer sentenced Matthew James Rogers to 50 years to serve 29 in prison after accepting a blind plea....
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Brothers plead guilty in two homicide cases
November 23, 2016
Two shootings, two homicides, and now two brothers heading to prison. On Monday afternoon, Superior Court Judge Emory Palmer accepted a negotiated plea from Timique Slaton, 23, related to the murder investigations of Kenneth Michael Spice and Derrick Alford in 2015.
Read more here... [Newnan Times-Herald]

Backpacks 4 Kids
July 1, 2016
For the month of July the District Attorney's Office is spearheading a program called Backpacks 4 Kids in collaboration with other government agencies and organizations throughout the Coweta Judicial Circuit (Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Meriwether, and Troup Counties). This program will supply elementary schools within the Circuit with backpacks and school supplies to be provided to children in need who cannot otherwise afford them. Read more about this program on the official Facebook page for Backpacks 4 Kids.

Backpacks 4 Kids set to help local students [Newnan Times Herald]
DAs collecting school supplies for children [LaGrange Daily News]
District attorney's office to provide school supplies [Times-Georgian]
Backpacks 4 Kids Drive Kicks Off In July [Troup County News]

DA appointed to state council
July 4, 2016
Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Peter Skandalakis has a new title to add to his long list of accomplishments.
Skandalakis was appointed in early June to serve as a member of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Georgia or CJCC said Charles Spahos, executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council.
Skandalakis was nominated to the Council by the Department of Public Safety.
"Pete is an excellent addition to the Council," said Spahos. "His experience and leadership in prosecution and criminal justice are unparalleled, and I know he will serve this post with great honor."
Read more here... [LaGrange Daily News]

Coweta Judicial Circuit
Phone Numbers

Carroll Office: (770) 830-2171
Coweta Office: (770) 254-7300
Heard Office: (706) 675-0955
Meriwether Office: (706) 672-1302
Troup Office: (706) 298-3708

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