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Posted: January 15, 2009 7:18 p.m.

Family fight case referred to state Attorney General's office

 Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne recused himself Wednesday from a family fight case involving several members of juvenile court Judge Sheri Capes Roberts’ family.

 "I have disqualified this office from prosecuting this case because obviously we prosecute cases in the juvenile court over which Judge Roberts (presides)…," Wynne said. "We wanted to avoid any sort of appearance of any conflict of interest from this office or Judge Roberts."

 According to Wynne, under Georgia law, when a DA’s office disqualifies itself from a case, it notifies the Attorney General who assigns the case to one of his attorneys or another DA’s office.

 Russell Williard, communications director with the attorney general’s office, said the case has not yet been re-assigned, but the office plans to move expeditiously in getting the case assigned.

 The case stems from an altercation Dec. 28 involving James Cruikshank, Matthew Roberts, Gigi Cruikshank, Peggy Capes and officers with the Covington Police Department. Sheri Roberts is married to Matthew Roberts, and is Gigi Cruikshank’s sister and Peggy Capes’ daughter.

 James Cruikshank is charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and battery; his brother-in-law, Roberts, is charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct; his wife, Gigi Cruikshank, is charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct; and his mother-in-law, Peggy Capes, is charged with public drunkenness.

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