The Bibb County District Attorneys Office has received the GBI file from its investigation of allegations that state Sen. David Lucas choked the autistic grandson of his wifes political opponent.
The file contains numerous reports and witness interviews, according to a statement issued Friday by District Attorney David Cooke.
We will review this file the same way that we would in any other case, Cooke said in his statement. In conducting this review, our only purpose will be to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence to show that Senator Lucas has committed a crime.
Cooke said will announce his decision once the file has been reviewed.
The allegations are serious, so the review must be thorough and the decision must be just and based only on the evidence, he said. Although the community and everyone involved deserves to have the decision made in a timely manner, we will not be rushed into to making a hasty decision.
Bibb County deputies investigated the case for more than a month after the alleged Aug. 21 incident before turning it over to the GBI.
Lucas, D-Macon, is accused of choking Terry Tripps 14-year-old grandson at a Lucas campaign event at the Lakeview Apartments clubhouse. Tripp ran unsuccessfully for the Macon-Bibb County District 3 Commission seat against Lucas wife, Macon City Councilwoman Elaine Lucas.
Members of Tripps family attended the event, and one of her grandsons got into a shouting match with Lenny Lucas, the Lucases son, according to a sheriffs office report.
David Lucas has strongly denied allegations that he got into a physical altercation. He said he ran over to act as a peacemaker.
Another of Tripps grandsons, 16-year-old Chandler King, was involved in the incident with Lenny Lucas.
His 14-year-old brother, Chase King, became involved and allegedly was grabbed around the throat by the state senator, according to the report.
No bruises were found, according to authorities.
An off-duty police officer broke up the fight.