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Motion filed to move former detective's case

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Trina Katrice Mayes (Source: Chatham County Detention Center) Trina Katrice Mayes (Source: Chatham County Detention Center)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap says theyhave a motion to move the case of a former Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept.detective to the major crimes division, which would move it to a differentjudge. 

Former detective Trina Mayes was booked in theChatham County jail on Friday.

Mayes was indicted Wednesday by a Chatham Countygrand jury on seven counts of making a false statement. She was booked underher maiden name Williams. 

The grand jury returned a true bill on the chargesMayes made false statements to investigators during the probe into allegationsof corruption and misconduct within the department.

The allegations surround her alleged involvement withconvicted felon William Lamont "Rocky" Sellers, as well as makingfalse statements to Chief Julie Tolbert and City Manager Stephanie Cutter in anappeal hearing to try to keep her job.

Mayes' criminal defense attorney Richard Darden saidin a statement, "These allegations were fully investigated in 2007 andthere was no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of my client. We willvigorously defend the case before a jury of her peers and I am confident theywill agree my client is innocent of these charges."

District Attorney Heap said the motion filing hasnothing to do with the judge that is currently on the case, but by moving thecase to the major crimes division, it would speed up the process as a whole.

She said they are trying to expedite everything - andmost felony judges not in the major crimes division have long workloads. 

The motion will be heard Thursday along with the gagorder and other motions.

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