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Judge denies gag order for defense attorney in Ajibade case

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Chatham County Superior Court Judge James F. Bass Jr. denied a request for a gag order on Thursday in the Mathew Ajibade case.

The state was asking the judge to extend the gag order for attorney Bobby Philips, who represents Maxine Evans. Evans is a former deputy charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Phillips has been telling the media that his client should not be charged with manslaughter, because she was not one of the deputies involved in restraining or tasing Ajibade. In fact, he says she was not even in the room.

Judge Bass Jr. ruled on Thursday that Phillips’ comments made to the media on Aug. 6th will not “have a substantial likelihood of materially prejudicing an adjudicative proceeding in this matter.”

The attorneys representing the Ajibade family in the case are already under a gag order.

Trial is now scheduled for Oct. 12. 

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