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DA takes case on official's stepson

COVINGTON — Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne has decided that a special prosecutor will not be requested to handle the case involving the stepson of a Newton County commissioner.

Wynne had stated early last week after announcing a special prosecutor would be requested for the case involving Commissioner J.C. Henderson that he would make up his mind about what to do about the stepson's case later in the week. Henderson is facing charges of battery under the Family Violence Act in connection with an Oct. 10 incident at his home.

Stepson Quintarious Henderson, 17, is charged with aggravated stalking in an unrelated incident after he allegedly violated a restraining order to stay away from the home of a 12-year-old girl in The Links subdivision.

According to a CPD incident report, the homeowner came home around 4:10 p.m. and found Henderson in his kitchen. The man's juvenile daughter admitted to letting Quintarious Henderson into the house.

"The father of the 12-year-old victim had taken out a previous restraining order because he didn't want him around the house," said CPD spokesman Lt. Wendell Wagstaff.

When the father entered the residence, Quintarious Henderson fled through the back door and into the yard, leaving behind a black stocking cap, the incident report stated.

The restraining order was signed by Judge John Degonia in September, according to the incident report, and specified that Quintarious Henderson was not to have any contact with the family.