published Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

One Murray County officer fired, another taken off duty after allegations of planting drugs

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    Former Chief Magistrate Bryant Cochran and Angela Garmley. Garmley's accusations against Cochran initiated a state investigation that led to the judge's resignation.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A Murray County sheriff's deputy has been fired for evidence that he lied to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation about facts related to Angela Garmley's arrest, the sheriff confirmed.

Deputy Josh Greeson was fired after he was on paid leave in connection with the state investigation into whether officers planted drugs on Garmley's car. Garmley's complaint against former Chief Magistrate Judge Bryant Cochran sparked an investigation and led to his resignation.

Greeson's shift supervisor Capt. Michael Henderson, who is Cochran's cousin, is still on paid leave and a decision won't be made until Friday, said Sheriff Howard Ensley.

Cochran was first under investigation by the the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the state watchdog agency for judges, over allegations that he asked Garmley to be his mistress and have sex with him in his chambers.

Cochran resigned the day after Garmley’s arrest and is now under criminal investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for the solicitation allegations.

He is also being investigated for allegedly signing pre-warrants that officers used at their discretion.

Cochran admitted to illegally signing warrants in his written resignation letter, but denied the other allegations.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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