"Obviously, the events of that night were horrendous and whatever needs to be done needs to take place, so that kind of thing doesn't happen again," Warren County resident Walker Davis tells us, of the fight between the Warren County High School and Hancock Centtral Football teams on October 14th.
The fight between the two rivial high school football teams that left a coach injured and upset two communites is still a hot topic in both Sparta and Warrenton. People in both towns are still waiting to see what happens...if the case gets it's day in court.
Right now, the case is secheduled to go before a grand jury in Hancock County in the next few weeks...and while we are learning new information about what that grand jury will see...it will ultimately be up to 16 to 23 Hancock County citizens sitting on that grand jury to decide if the case will ever see the inside of a courtroom.
In a press release, Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright says he will present the 12 volume investigative report, including the 135 interviews Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) agents conducted on players, coaches, and fans from both teams to the grand jury.. Since the fight happened in Hancock County...under Georgia law, it will be up to that grand jury to decide who, if anyone, will be charged in the case...
While we were in Hancock County, we looked into to past cases tried in the Hancock County courtroom. Searching through court dockets for the past six years, we could only find 6 cases that were tried in front of a jury...of those six...three people were found guilty:
Harold Simpson, who was from Atlanta...and committed a crime in Sparta.
Antonio Ruffin, whose extensive and violent criminal background links him to the Augusta area, was in prison for shooting a man when he killed another man at the Hancock State Prison...but he was not technically considered a resident of Hancock County.
Robert Moss was the only one apparently living in Hancock County when he committed the murder he was found guilty of...
We told District Attorney Bright what we found, and he told us every county has its wins and losses...
We also tried to get a copy of the GBI's case file. We're told that will not be available until sometime after the case goes before the grand jury.
We also spoke with Coach David Daniel Tuesday. He says he's still recovering from his injuries, and had two doctors appointments Tuesday, but he says...while he hopes for justice in all of this, he's thinking about the Hancock County football players, as well.
We will continue to follow this ongoing story and provie more information when it becomes available.
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