The state attorney general has appointed a district attorney pro-tem to review an allegation that a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office investigator lied while under oath.
Dublin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Craig Fraser was appointed last week to review statements made by investigator Allie Seckinger and a subsequent GBI investigation, said Russ Willard, spokesman for the attorney general’s office.
Fraser said he hasn’t reviewed files associated with the case. He couldn’t provide an estimate for when a decision will be made as to whether the case will be prosecuted.
Charles E. Cox Jr., Seckinger’s lawyer, has said Seckinger didn’t perjure herself at the Jan. 13 hearing in Bibb County Superior Court.
Former Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney Howard Simms requested a special prosecutor June 25, citing another prosecutor was needed because the initial complaint against Seckinger was made by a member of the district attorney’s office, and Sheriff Jerry Modena requested an independent agency to investigate the allegation, according to the letter Simms sent to the attorney general’s office.
“I feel that there would be an inherent conflict of interest for my office to review the matter and make any determination as to the disposition of the same,” Simms wrote.
Seckinger testified at the January hearing that she didn’t coerce armed robbery suspect Twanndolynne Towns into making a statement by saying that she’d call the Department of Family and Children Services.
She said she asked dispatchers to call DFACS as a matter of policy, but she admitted telling the woman near the end of the interview that she needed to think about her child’s welfare, according to the transcript.
Two days after the hearing, an audio recording of the interview came to light that contradicted Seckinger’s testimony. Prosecutors decided the statement couldn’t be used because it was illegally obtained.
Seckinger now works in the sheriff’s office training section.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.
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