MOULTRIE -- Monday starts another trial week in Colquitt County and with the sudden resignation of one of the county's assistant district attorneys, area prosecutors are scrambling to cover the case load.

"We'll be ready on our cases," District Attorney David Miller said Thursday. "We'll have people in place to cover whatever court we need to cover."

Assistant District Attorney Marsha Boniface left the D.A.'s office Monday. She is charged with failure to report an accident with injuries or damage and driving too fast for conditions in connection with a one-car accident Feb. 14.

February is the busiest time of the year for trials in the circuit, Miller said.

"We have court going on practically everywhere," he said.

For next week's docket, a couple of Thomas County prosecutors will come in to assist Colquitt County's remaining full time assistant district attorney, Andrew Pope.

Already, the county office has been understaffed for a short while, Miller said. For the last year or so, Colquitt County has had two full time and one part-time prosecutor, until Assistant District Attorney Bert Jewell was temporarily shifted to Lowndes County to help with its backlog of cases, he said. Pope had been covering juvenile court in Thomas County and will likely not continue doing that after this week.

Miller already has hired a prosecutor to fill a gap in Thomas County, and he will take over the juvenile courts in that county and Colquitt.

"It will be a very temporary situation in Colquitt County before we get back up to staff," Miller said. "We've got people extremely interested in our vacancies. I understand some districts have difficulty in filling positions, but historically we haven't had difficulties filling positions in our circuit."

Already the district attorney's office has more than 15 applicants for the job opening provided by a grant from the Department of Justice's Community Gun Violence Prosecution Program, which frees up a senior assistant to handle gun-related cases.



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