Griffin Judicial District Attorney Marie Broder recently reviewed cases and looked forward to trials set for 2022, including the case against Howatdrick Jones who will be tried by the Pike office for two bank robberies that occurred in 2020. The office will also try a major child abuse case, a kidnapping domestic violence case and multiple other offenses.
“It is hard to believe that 2021 has come to an end. It was an incredible year for my offices. We’ve resumed trials and we have been quite busy trying cases. Before the pandemic hit, cases would see a courtroom within about 12 months. The pandemic halted trials completely for over a year, so we have quite the backlog to work through, but we are ready to push through it,” said Broder. “I am very happy to announce that we are not only up to full staff, but we added staff in 2021. Each of our offices are completely full, which means we are ready to try the cases coming up next year. I am extremely proud of the team that is behind me. They are fighters and passionate about what they do. I am excited to see what they accomplish next year. Thank you for the opportunity to be your District Attorney. I work hard to make sure that you and your families are safe in this beautiful circuit that I live and work in. I will continue to fight to make sure that the Griffin Judicial Circuit remains a wonderful place to live.”
First Bank of Pike in Concord was robbed Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 by a man wearing a medical face mask and black gloves. Pike County Sheriff’s Office investigators obtained an arrest warrant and Howatdrick Jamal Jones, 28, from Woodbury, Georgia, was charged with armed robbery. A second bank robbery at the Talbot State Bank on Oct. 9, 2020 was also linked to Jones by investigators. In both cases, the suspect passed a note demanding money from the teller. The note threatened to use a firearm to commit violence during the First Bank of Pike robbery. Additional charges are possible from the Federal Bureau of Investigation as they conclude their investigation into the Talbot County incident.
When the arrest warrant was obtained, Jones was in the Meriwether County Jail on an unrelated charge of probation violation. He was transported to the Pike County Jail on Nov. 24, 2020.