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Saturday, August 30, 2008

[GA] "Resigned" Deputy Yancey walks out of jail with double-murder charges

Granted bond - Aug 28

Yancey Released - Aug 29

Victim’s family upset ex-deputy got bond ‘Preferential treatment’ got Derrick Yancey house arrest, they say
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 28, 2008

Former DeKalb County sheriff’s deputy Derrick Yancey can await his double murder trial under house arrest and a $150,000 bond, a judge ruled Thursday.

The ruling drew a response from a representative for two siblings of Yancey’s wife, whom Yancey is accused of killing. An attorney who said she spoke on behalf of the siblings of Linda Yancey said the DeKalb district attorney’s office failed to do enough to prevent Yancey’s release.

“It appears Mr. Yancey is receiving preferential treatment as a result of his previous employment with the DeKalb County court system,” said a statement issued by lawyer Loletha Denise Hale, who said she spoke for Eugene Thomas and Gloria Thomas Sanders.

Asked about the statement, chief assistant district attorney Don Geary said Yancey “will be treated as any other criminal defendant charged in DeKalb County. We will vigorously prosecute within the limits of the law, and we will do everything we can to be mindful and considerate of the wishes of the victims’ family.”

Linda Yancey, 44, and day laborer Marcial Cax Puluc, about 20, were killed at the Yanceys’ home near Stone Mountain June 9.

Yancey told police that Cax Puluc killed his wife in an armed robbery attempt, forcing Yancey to shoot him. But authorities say lab tests showed Yancey shot both victims.

Derrick Yancey, 49, escorted prisoners to appearances in the county courthouse for 11 years until he was placed on leave because of the shootings. He resigned Aug. 11 and was jailed Aug. 14, when a grand jury indicted him.

Superior Court Judge Linda Workman issued a bond order Thursday, specifying that Yancey must wear an ankle monitor and leave his mother’s Clayton County home only for legal or medical appointments.

Workman’s order quoted a Georgia law which makes defendants eligible for release on bond if they pose “no significant risk” of fleeing, intimidating witnesses or committing other crimes. Unlike many other states, Workman wrote, Georgia does not further restrict bond for murder defendants unless they have been convicted of a prior violent crime.

Geary opposed bond in a Wednesday hearing, telling Workman that Yancey became more of a risk to flee after quitting his job and placing his 8-year-old son with his mother. Workman’s order noted, however, that Yancey had taken those steps before his indictment and still reported to jail voluntarily when an arrest warrant was issued.

Geary did not offer evidence about the shootings or suggest that Yancey might be a threat to others.

Defense attorney Keith Adams said Thursday he expected it would take “a couple of days” to arrange the bond and electronic monitoring. Yancey is being held in an undisclosed jail.

Yancey was a 17-year veteran of the sheriff’s office. Linda Yancey also worked for the sheriff’s office for 13 years, most recently as an intake officer in Juvenile Court.

Workman’s order said she expects Yancey to be tried by the end of the year.

Links to videos on Youtube:

[GA] Deputy Yancy says he killed man who killed wife Linda
[GA] Deputy Yancey's wife Linda & man dead
[GA] Deputy Yancey's jailer wife and a man are dead
[GA] Deputy Yancey's jailer wife and a man are dead (2)
[GA] Deputy's wife Linda Yancy & unidentified man killed
[GA] Deputy Yancey dv calls to his house before wife shot
[GA] Sheriff Brown on the shooting of Linda Yancey & man
[GA] Police Chief Bolton on Officer Linda Yancey murder
[GA] Funeral for Officer Linda Yancey
[GA] Sister of slain Officer Linda Yancey
[GA] Friend : Marcial Puluc had no gun to shoot Linda Yancey
[GA] Police want to talk to Deputy Yancey re: wife's murder
[GA] Deputy Yancey charged on double-homicide 1
[GA] Deputy Yancey charged on double-homicide 2
[GA] Deputy Yancey charged on double-homicide 3
[GA] Charged with double-murder, Deputy Yancey wants out
[GA] Ex-deputy Yancey granted bond on double-murder charge
[GA] Ex-deputy Yancey RELEASED on double-murder charge

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