The following is a press release from D.A. Jackie Johnson and the Brunswick Judicial Court on the case involving Corey Sasser.
This week, Brunswick and the surrounding communities were rocked by a senseless act of violence as two beloved people were murdered and a third died of yet to be determined circumstances-nonetheless, a gunshot wound to the chest.
As friends and families of Katie and Corey Sasser and John Hall grieve the loss of their loved ones from this senseless act of violence, Jackie L. Johnson, DA for Brunswick Judicial Circuit Court released a statement June 29th regarding the case.
All of us involved in the Glynn County Court System are saddened by the tragic events occurring [Thursday] night involving the loss of life for three individuals. Because the case is under investigation, we are limited in what information can be released. The following is a timeline of Court proceedings and related documents pertaining to the pending criminal charges against Robert C. Sasser in Glynn County.
Robert C. Sasser was arrested for Criminal Trespass and Simple Battery for an incident that occurred in Glynn County on May 13, 2018 involving his wife. Because the charges were misdemeanors, bond was mandated to be set under Georgia law. A bond was set by the Glynn Magistrate Court with conditions which included no contact with the alleged victim. Subsequent to the bond being set, the alleged victim filed an affidavit with Glynn Magistrate Court seeking to modify the bond to allow Sasser to have contact with her, and that condition was changed to allow non-violent contact.
Robert C. Sasser was involved in a subsequent incident with Glynn County Police on May 17, 2018 which resulted in a Bond Revocation Order for his original charges, and new arrest warrants for two counts of Felony Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer and one count of Misdemeanor Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer. Sasser was arrested on May 18, 2018 and admitted to a mental health facility (“10-13” involuntary admission for the purpose of crisis stabilization) with a detainer placing him in the custody of the Sheriff.
On May 24, 2018, Sasser was released from the mental health facility into the custody of the Sheriff. A first appearance hearing, which is required under Georgia law for all persons being detained on criminal warrants, was held in Glynn Magistrate Court on May 24, 2018. At that time, the Court addressed the issue of bond on the original charges and the new warrants. After consulting with police officers involved in the May 17 incident, the victim involved in the May 13 incident, and family members who would be transporting Robert C. Sasser outside of the circuit to seek further mental health treatment, the State and counsel for Defense agreed to a new bond with conditions which was approved and entered by the Court.
In setting the bond the Court took into consideration that Sasser had received a week of in-patient mental health treatment, that he was released by the facility with a diagnosis and recommendation for follow-up treatment, and that there was no evidence at that time that Sasser had expressed an intent to harm anyone other than himself. Under Georgia law, the Court is limited to considering whether the statutory qualifications for bond have been met. It was agreed that the statutory factors weighed in favor of Sasser’s release and the attached Consent Order for Bond was entered by the Judge, and signed by the parties.
On May 24, 2018 the District Attorney asked the Attorney General to assign a prosecutor outside of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit to represent the State in this matter.
On June 5, 2018, the Solicitor-General for Glynn County asked the Attorney General to assign a substitute prosecutor to handle the original misdemeanor charges in Glynn State Court.
On June 12, 2018, Defense Counsel filed a motion to modify the bond and included records pertaining to the progress of Sasser’s mental health treatment. No action has been taken on that motion by the State or the Court.
Sasser appeared in Glynn Superior Court for divorce proceedings on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Sasser had previously notified CSRA (the private probation service supervising his bond) that he would be present in the county for court as was required as a condition of his bond. There is an ongoing investigation into Sasser’s location and activities subsequent to the divorce proceeding in civil court on Tuesday, and into whether he violated his bond conditions prior to Thursday night.
See the full document here:
According to a report by ActionNewsJax neighbors describe the final hours of Corey Sasser at his house after leading police on a slow speed chase from the crime scene.
All on Georgia- Glynn will give more updates on this story as it unfolds.
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