Ringgold, Ga.: Prosecutor gets angry during Craft trial

Ringgold, Ga.: Prosecutor gets angry during Craft trial

April 27th, 2010 by Joy Lukachick Smith in Local - Breaking News

During cross-examination this morning, one of the prosecutors in the case against Tonya Craft became visibility upset when questioning a defense witness.

"I'm a little tired of this playing out to these folks," Catoosa County Assistant District Attorney Len Gregor said, pointing to the spectators in the courtroom and the videocamera being used by the media.

Ms. Craft, a former Chickamauga Elementary School teacher, is charged with 22 counts of child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and aggravated child molestation.

Defense witness Paula "Dee" Potter took the stand this morning, testifying that she trusted Ms. Craft with her children and never heard any complaints that she mistreated any child at the house.

During his cross-examination of Ms. Potter, Mr. Gregor brought out a list of questions that questioned the character of Ms. Craft.

Mr. Gregor became angry when defense attorney Cary King objected to a question about Ms. Craft sending a promiscuous picture to a teenage boy, saying the state had not entered it as evidence.

"I'm not obligated to give them the material I'm using," Mr. Gregor said to Superior Court Judge Brian House.

Judge House agreed that Mr. Gregor could continue with his line of questioning.

Earlier, Ms. Potter testified that she and Ms. Craft were good friends, and that from 2006 to about halfway through 2008, her children went to Ms. Craft's house every day after school.

The court is expected to resume with the defense's next witness at 1:15 p.m.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.