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DA sends fight case to state

COVINGTON - Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne said Wednesday that he has referred the case involving the family of Juvenile Court Judge Sheri Roberts to the state Attorney General's Office.

"I have disqualified our office from handling this case since we prosecute juvenile delinquency cases before Judge Roberts," Wynne said in an e-mail. "I have notified the Attorney General's Office of our disqualification, and they will assign another prosecutor to the case. I have not heard who has been assigned."

Spokeswoman Kelly Jackson of Attorney General Thurbert Baker's office said the assignment has not yet been made.

The issue stems from a Dec. 29 incident during which Covington Police Officers arrested the husband, mother, sister and brother-in-law of Judge Roberts after what they called a "family fight" at 7121 Crestview Drive. The judge was not at the scene at the time police officers arrived, according to the police report.

Charged were:

· Peggy Capes, 65, of 7200 Charter on Flatrock, charged with public drunk;

· GiGi Lynn Cruikshank, 44, of 7121 Crestview Drive, charged with obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers and disorderly conduct;

· James Kevin Cruikshank, 43, 7121 Crestview Drive, was charged with battery, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers and disorderly conduct;

· Matthew Hill Roberts, 30, of 7200 Charter on Flatrock, was charged with obstruction or hindering a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct.

All of the charges are misdemeanors with the exception of the obstruction charge against James Cruikshank, which is a felony. His behavior was described by officers as "very aggressive and combative," and the incident report indicates it was necessary to Taser him twice before he could be subdued and arrested.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.