Easley cleared, re-assigned to Federal Task Force

By Dave Brown

dave@msgr.com

After months of having his character questioned and professionalism impugned, Conrad Easley has been exonerated of any wrong-doing from a tragic shooting that killed a Woodville man.

A grand jury cleared the Greene County Sheriff’s Office deputy for actions during a traffic stop last summer that led to the death of Charles David Robinson.

Ocmulgee district attorney Stephen Bradley said the grand jury believed Deputy Easley’s actions were justified and recommended no further action be taken.

Greene County sheriff Donnie Harrison said any loss of life is tragic and offered his condolences to the Robinson family.

Harrison also said the grand jury’s decision was informed and correct.

“I think it took a lot of presentation of facts and evidence, and I think (the grand jury) came to an informed decision,” said Harrison.

“”I know it was difficult, to say the least. It was a tough decision and I respect that decision.”

As for Easley, he is still employed by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, but will no longer handle traffic stops.

“(Easley) will not be used in a patrol capacity,” said Harrison.

“He still works for Greene County, but he is reassigned to a Federal Task Force.

“Because of security reasons, I can’t go into detail about what (Easley) will be doing.”

Conrad Easley remained on administrative leave for months while the GBI examined evidence from an Aug. 29 traffic stop-related incident in Woodville where Robinson allegedly fled the scene on foot, got in an altercation with Easley, was tased and ultimately killed by a shot from the deputy’s service weapon.

 

Robinson was pronounced dead on arrival at Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro after the Aug. 25 incident.

The incident occurred during a traffic stop in the Woodville community, which is near the Oglethorpe County line, and adjacent to a convenience store on the night Hurricane Harvey made landfall around 9 p.m.

Easley was examined for injuries sustained in the altercation at an undisclosed hospital in Athens.

According to the GBI incident report, Robinson admitted to Easley at the scene he was driving without a license. When Easley attempted to arrest him, a scuffle broke out and Robinson fled the scene.

Robinson was pursued by Easley in a foot chase for some 200 yards before the incident occurred.

 

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