The Bibb County Sheriffs Office has turned over to the GBI its portion of an investigation of allegations that state Sen. David Lucas choked the autistic grandson of his wifes political opponent, officials said Friday.
Sheriffs Lt. Sean DeFoe said the investigation, which has lasted more than a month, is now in the hands of the GBI. Special Agent Rodney Wall said via email Friday that the agency is adding Bibbs findings to its own investigation. The sheriffs departments findings were not publicly released.
We will review it and determine if any additional information needs follow-up, Wall wrote. Once that is complete, we will prepare for the (Bibb County District Attorney) and submit the case to him.
Wall said he doesnt have a time line for turning over information to the DAs office.
Sheriff David Davis said Friday his office and the GBI already had one meeting with the DAs and solicitor-generals offices. If charges are filed, the case would go to the DAs office if the charges are felonies and to the solicitors office if they are misdemeanors.
That decision will be made by the DA and the solicitor, Davis said.
Lucas, D-Macon, is accused of choking the 14-year-old grandson of former Bibb County school board member Terry Tripp, who ran unsuccessfully for the Macon-Bibb County District 3 Commission seat earlier this month against Lucas wife, Macon City Councilwoman Elaine Lucas.
While at a Lucas campaign event Aug. 21 at the Lakeview Apartments clubhouse, members of Tripps family -- though not Tripp herself -- showed up at the event. According to a sheriffs report, one of Tripps grandsons got into a shouting match with Lenny Lucas, the Lucas son.
David Lucas, who has strongly denied the allegations that he got into a physical altercation, said he was told of the incident involving his son and ran over to act as a peacemaker.
Someone shouted fight! and I ran over there, David Lucas said last month. My son had taken off his shirt and was ready to fight. I stepped in between them. ... Folks grabbed me. I didnt touch no 13- or 14-year-old.
According to a sheriffs report filed by Tripps daughter, Kinya Miller, Millers 16-year-old son, Chandler King, was involved in the incident with Lenny Lucas. The report said Kings brother, 14-year-old Chase King, who is autistic, entered into the fray and allegedly was grabbed by David Lucas around the throat. No bruises were found, the report said.
An off-duty police officer who was at the scene eventually broke up the fight, according to the report.
Sheriffs investigators have been interviewing dozens of witnesses and looking at video from the scene.
Davis said investigators interviewed dozens of people, who in turn would point out other witnesses, which is why the case has taken several weeks to investigate. In addition, investigators have been examining video shot at the scene from the clubhouses security system as well as from witnesses cellphones.
The people interviewed have been very cooperative, Davis said. Weve got a pretty clear picture of what happened. ... Were glad to get this thing moving down the road.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.