WARNER ROBINS — A Houston County grand jury took no action Tuesday after hearing from the former grand jury foreman, a Houston County prosecutor says.
Houston County District Attorney Kelly Burke said the prior grand jury had asked the current grand jury to hear its concerns in relation to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation inquiry into former City Clerk Stan Martin and former information technology employee Chris Armstrong peering into some tiles above late Mayor Donald Walker’s office.
The GBI found no criminal wrongdoing. Martin and Armstrong were later fired by the mayor and council for unbecoming conduct.
Martin has maintained he did nothing wrong and nothing to warrant termination.
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Burke said that the previous grand jury had voiced concern about what “appeared to be a lack of candor” by Warner Robins Police Chief Brett Evans about a text message sent from Armstrong to Evans and about some of those who were interviewed by the GBI not being forthcoming with information.
Burke said he was not privy to what the past foreman told the grand jury Tuesday or what was discussed.
Burke said he excused himself from deliberations. Burke said the past foreman met with the grand jury for about an hour.
Evans reiterated earlier comments Tuesday that he had done nothing wrong and that his integrity and that of his department was paramount to him.
Burke said Tuesday he never meant to imply that Evans had done anything wrong.
“As far as I’m concerned, this is the end of the road but it’s not like a football game. There’s never a time clock. But I doubt there will be any further of the grand jury,” Burke said.
“All they did was take it under advisement, and they did not advise me to seek further investigation. So, I’m assuming the investigation into the whole matter is over,” Burke said.
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