by: Tom Jones Updated:
PIKE COUNTY, Ga. - The Pike County District Attorney said he's not responsible for DUI charges being reduced against former Atlanta Hawks star Mookie Blaylock in two cases. That's even though records show he recommended the reductions.
Channel 2's Tom Jones spent the day searching for records of the DUI arrests in two counties after Clayton County prosecutors announced Blaylock had seven prior DUI arrests since 1996.
Tom was able to find records for three DUI arrests in Pike County. Those records show Blaylock was arrested for DUI in April 2010, then again in June of 2010. He was arrested again in November 2011 for DUI.
The records indicate the district attorney recommended reducing the charges in two of the cases. An officer suggested reducing the other.
Jones went to the D.A.'s office to find out why he would make those recommendations since Clayton County prosecutors say Blaylock had three DUI arrests before that.
Assistant D.A. Ben Coker says the documents aren't correct. "I'm not aware that these even came through our office," Coker said.
Pike County District Attorney Scott Ballard told Jones by phone the courts made the decision to reduce the charges without his knowledge.
"I didn't appreciate the way DUIs were handled. We don't reduce DUIs unless there's good cause to do it unless there's a weakness in the case," he said.
Ballard told Jones it was standard practice for the courts to reduce DUIs but he said that's no longer the case.
Jones found Blaylock had seven DUIs since 1996. Police say he faces
second-degree vehicular homicide because, while driving on a suspended license, he crossed the median and slammed head-on into Monica Murphy's minivan, killing her.
Officers are awaiting toxicology test to see if he was under the influence. His attorney said he blacked out.
Blaylock was wanted i
n Spalding County at the time for failure to appear on another DUI charge.
His attorney announced in court he got that warrant waived without Blaylock ever seeing a judge.
Jones called Spalding County Solicitor Trey Howell to find out why he would waive a warrant on a fugitive who was involved in a deadly crash. He said he doesn't comment on pending cases.
Jones is still working to find out if Blaylock spent any time behind bars for any of the DUIs.
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