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Mayes freed on bond, criminal history revealed in court

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Trina Mayes is free on $6,500 bond, but she is barred fromany contact with potential witnesses in the false statements claims againsther.

Mayes has been charged with seven counts of making falsestatements after the District Attorney's Office said she lied to police about aromance with convicted felon William Rocky Sellers.

New details emerged Thursday that might have prevented Mayesfrom ever becoming a police officer. According to court documents, Mayes pledguilty to stealing more than $1,300 worth of merchandise from Best Buy in 1998.

She was sentenced under Georgia's First Offender Law, a lawthat wipes a defendant's record clean, but the conviction might have preventedher from becoming a police officer.

In 1988 Mayes was using her maiden name, Trina Williams. Whenshe was hired as a police officer, however, she was married and using the nameTrina McGee.

That's the name the D.A.'s office said police searched whenthey did a background check and hired her.

"Nothing showed under the name Trina McGee," saidAssistant District Attorney Christy Baker.

Mayes became a police officer, first working at GardenCity. That's when the D.A.'s Office said she became romantically involved with Sellers.

"Her involvement with him is related to the demise ofher marriage to Fred McGee," said Barker.

Garden City learned of the relationship after Fred McGeefiled a police report claiming his wife pointed a gun at him in an altercationover Sellers.

Two months later, she started working for theSavannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police.

Mayes said that's when she and Sellers ended theirrelationship. A year later, Metro Internal Affairs started looking into therelationship.

(Richard Darden, Mayes' criminal attorney)

"The fact of the matter is, these charges were fullyinvestigated by the police department authorities back in 2007," saidMayes' criminal attorney, Richard Darden.

Mayes was fired from the SCMPD in January after outsideinvestigators hired by the city started digging into the relationship again.Her attorneys said it's all retaliation.

"These charges were resurrected when she filed a civilaction," said Darden

From the time she first brought allegations against formerPolice Chief Willie Lovett in September, until her release from jail today,Mayes' saga has played out on television and in newspapers.

 The judge crackeddown Thursday, saying that as a condition of her bond Mayes and her attorneyshave to stop talking to the media about her case.

"As far as some of the theatre and some of theposturing and jockeying, I'm not going to have much tolerance for a lot ofthat," said Judge Morse.

Morse also presided over the 1998 theft case against Mayes.

Morse denied the D.A.'s motion to have the case moved fromhis courtroom to the superior court major case division.

The D.A. office said they want to speed up the trial. Morsetold the state to "be careful what you wish for" and set Mayes'arraignment for April 10.

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