BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Brunswick Commissioner James Brooks was released on bail on Friday after his attorney filed an order on his behalf.
Commissioner James Brooks' attorney Alan Tucker filed an order with the Glynn County Clerk's office at 10:12am Friday. According to court documents the judge granted bail for a total of $5,000 under several conditions, which include:
- Brooks have no contact with any witness or potential witness in the Antonio Santiago murder investigation.
- Brooks have no contact with any member of law enforcement who is connected to or involved with the Antonio Santiago murder investigation.
- Brooks refrain from entering any building where the Brunswick Police Department maintains an office unless he is specifically invited to said office for the purpose of conducting official city of Brunswick business.
- Brooks refrain from giving legal advice or otherwise acting as an attorney at law to defendants potential defendants Witnesses and or potential witnesses in the Antonio Santiago murder investigation.
- Brooks obey all of a commands of any member of law enforcement who is connected to or involved in the Antonio Santiago murder investigation.
- Brooks turn himself into the sheriff of Camden County by 12 p.m. April 1, 2013.
Additionally Tucker released a statement on behalf of Commissioner Brooks:
Commissioner Brooks wishes to apologize for his interference with the murder investigation of Antonio Santiago. He, Along with several others in the community, had been duped by Karimah Elkins and Sabrina Elkins into believing their alibi story for Mr. De'Marquise Elkins. It was his honest belief at the time that he was trying to protect the rights of his constituents by advising them to remain silent and not make any additional statements to the police without having a lawyer present. Unfortunately, he learned later that the Elkins' were not being truthful with the police when they made statements about Mr. Elkins' whereabouts during the time of the shooting.
Commissioner Brooks was completely unaware that Karimah Elkins and Sabrina Elkins had disposed of the alleged murder weapon and were lying to the investigators about their involvement in the cover up and alibi defenses for Mr. Elkins.
According to Tucker, Commissioner Brooks turned himself into police Thursday. Commissioner Brooks was also indicted yesterday for one racketeering charge and five other counts.
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