The Spalding County District Attorney’s Office completed a trial week with the Honorable Christopher Edwards on November 1, 2017. This is the first of three trial weeks in front of Judge Edwards in the months of October and November.
Assistant District Attorneys Donna Gopaul and Kathryn Lenhard represented the State of Georgia in the case against Timothy Aaron Allen. The State tried defendant Allen in front of a jury Spalding County residents over the course of three days. The jury deliberated for a little over an hour before returning a verdict of guilty on all counts. Allen was convicted of Kidnapping, two counts of Aggravated Assault, False Imprisonment, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, and three counts of Battery, Family Violence. The Spalding County jury convicted Allen of a domestic violence incident that occurred on March 7, 2017. The defendant struck his then girlfriend multiple times with his fists, strangled her, pointed a gun in her face, chased her as she ran from the house, and pulled her back into the house by her hair. The victim had multiple injuries. The victim bravely took the stand and testified about the incident over the course of several hours. Investigator Dexter McCune with the Griffin Police Department was the lead investigator.
District Attorney Coker said of the trial, “this victim’s brave testimony, along with the work of the Griffin Police Department, and the excellent job of ADA Gopaul and ADA Lenhard, brought about a great verdict in this case. Thank you to the Spalding County citizens who served on this jury. This victim survived a brutal domestic violence incident, and now the defendant will face the consequences of his actions. Spalding County is safer due to the hard work and bravery of these parties. My offices will continue to work with law enforcement to fight fervently for these victims of domestic violence in our communities.”
Sentencing for Mr. Allen will be on a later date in front of Judge Edwards.