News from District Attorney Anita Howard

by | Jan 30, 2023 | Announcements, news

 Our Circuit Grieves Tyre Nichols’ Death

Like many of you, I am horrified by the senseless, violent attack of Memphis police officers on Tyre Nichols.  I am shaken to my core each time our nation experiences this type of incident perpetrated by those who are sworn to protect and serve each and every one of us.  While the vast majority of police officers I have had the pleasure of working with are dedicated, law-abiding, hardworking public servants, it is undeniable that in certain places a toxic culture exists in which some feel free to inflict unspeakable violence on citizens, and others feel free to turn a blind eye on these actions.

Body cameras are the most important tool we have for accountability and alleviation of this culture.   I have been a champion of body cameras for years and for the first time, through my Office’s financial partnership with the Sheriffs of both Crawford and Peach Counties, they were able to purchase body cameras for their officers in 2022.  As our nation struggles to fight against these tragic and unacceptable acts of violence, I am thankful that all Sheriffs’ Offices in the Macon Judicial Circuit now have body worn cameras in use.

On behalf of everyone in the District Attorney’s Office, I offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of Tyre Nichols.

#CourageToChangeTheCulture

Case Update: Caleb Hooten

Case Update: Caleb Hooten

Case Update: Caleb Hooten On Tuesday, October 10, 2023, Caleb Hooten was shot by a Peach County Deputy. That matter was investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and brought to the Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office in January 2024 for review....

Indictment Alert: Grand Jury February 5, 2024

Indictment Alert: Grand Jury February 5, 2024

A new Grand Jury was sworn in on February 5, 2024. After orientation, the Grand Jury immediately began to consider cases. The Grand Jury considered 41 cases, including: 3 murder cases, 9 aggravated assault cases, 1 aggravated battery case, 1 serious injury by vehicle...

Staying Safe as a Retiree Presentation

Staying Safe as a Retiree Presentation

Staying Safe as a Retiree District Attorney Anita Howard Macon Judicial Circuit Presentation to: Bibb County Retired Educators Association January 10, 2024 View the entire presentation here: Retiree Safety Take Care of Your Assets Be Aware of Scams Don’t Be Afraid to...

DA Howard Announces 2024 Focus: #HowardEncouragingAction

DA Howard Announces 2024 Focus: #HowardEncouragingAction

Each year, DA Howard selects a hashtag that symbolizes the collective effort needed to enhance our community and make it a better and safer place. In 2021, we celebrated #ChangingTheFaceOfJustice, with DA Howard’s first year as the first female, African-American...

Response to Media Inquiry

Response to Media Inquiry

On Tuesday, December 12, 2023, I sent a letter to the chairman of the Macon Water Authority requesting the investigative report developed by David Cooke. Ideally, this report whether complete or not, should have been sent to the sheriff and me immediately so we could...