Suspect in trooper's killing was just out of jail

Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 8:18 AM
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ATLANTA — Fulton County court officials are reviewing the case of a 30-year-old man suspected of killing a state patrol trooper who had been released from jail several times this year despite concerns from pretrial officers.

AP
This undated photo provided by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office shows Gregory Favors. Favors, a 30-year-old man with an extensive criminal record was charged Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 in the shooting death of a Georgia State Patrol trooper who was killed after trying to pull over a driver for a minor traffic violation, authorities said.


Court records show Gregory Favors had been arrested three times this year on charges of fleeing police, and each time he was granted bond even though a pretrial services officer had recommended against it.

Favors was charged with murder in Monday's shooting death of Chadwick LeCroy. Favors' attorney said he plans to plead not guilty.

Fulton County's chief Superior Court and State Court judges said Thursday they are reviewing Favors' criminal history and plan to "work with all involved in the criminal justice system" if there are issues to be addressed.

Favors has a lengthy record that includes 18 arrests in Fulton County.

He was most recently arrested Dec. 11 on drug and attempted robbery charges and was released three days later, according to Fulton County Jail records.

The Fulton County Superior Court's pretrial services program recommended during a Dec. 13 court appearance that Favors not be released, Chief Judge Cynthia Wright said in a statement. She said court officials are now reviewing the case.

Favors was driving in a busy corridor in northwest Atlanta when LeCroy tried to make the routine traffic stop, authorities said. Favors sped away, and less than two minutes later crashed his car on an embankment, with the driver's door wedged into a brick mailbox, Keenan said.

When LeCroy approached Favors' car, dash-cam video footage showed that Favors suddenly opened the passenger door and fired three rounds, hitting LeCroy once in the neck, Keenan said. He then drove off in LeCroy's squad car and ditched it a few blocks later. He was arrested several hours later, authorities said.

LeCroy's funeral has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at the Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta.

Favors plans to plead not guilty to the charges, said defense attorney Michael Mann. He described his client as scared and depressed, and noted that his previous charges were for nonviolent crimes.

"He's been arrested before, but he's never faced charges anywhere close to as serious as this," Mann told reporters outside the Fulton County Jail.

"It's easy to put up 18 arrests and say this is a bad person, therefore he must have done this. But bad people are sometimes innocent of what they are accused of and good people are sometimes guilty of some things they are charged with."

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Nativeson1
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Nativeson1 12/30/10 - 09:26 am
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I guess being arrested for

I guess being arrested for attempted robbery is a non violent crime according to Mr. Mann.

MJ
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MJ 12/30/10 - 09:39 am
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"But bad people are sometimes

"But bad people are sometimes innocent of what they are accused of and good people are sometimes guilty of some things they are charged with."

It's ON CAMERA! He DROVE THE POLICE CAR! His prints are IN THE POLICE CAR!

Again, there is no fear of consequence. 18 priors.

dani
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dani 12/30/10 - 10:02 am
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Somebody should be fired.

Somebody should be fired.

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 12/30/10 - 10:05 am
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Sometimes I just can hardly

Sometimes I just can hardly believe defense attorneys; their job is NOT to get a guilty person declared innocent of a crime but to make sure that the client has a fair trial, at least that is what a couple of my attorney friends have told me. He was innocent of 18 crimes? Hogwash! I have a friend who had spent time in jail on two misdemeanors not involving violence but when he was charged with a felony of robbing by sudden snatching the prosecutor attempted to get life in prison because of the two prior misdemeanors; that didn't work but he does have to serve 90% of his time for this latest charge. In one of his previous charges I personally know that another individual well known in the community was involved but my friend took the fall. Yet this man has had 18 prior convictions and was paroled against the recommendations - the judge that released him should now have to serve out the sentence that would have been meted out in that case. When we start holding judges responsible for such grave "errors" in judgment, it is time to require THEM to pay the piper. Now a state trooper with a family is dead - is the defense attorney going to try to say that his client, who had no rights to a gun, accidently shot the trooper? Here we go again - another Troy Anthony Davis clogging the court system for the next two or more decades.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/30/10 - 10:10 am
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I'm sorry it didn't end

I'm sorry it didn't end another way....jerk was killed & trooper still alive.....now we will hear all kind of sob stories about his childhood-etc. instead of hearing he was a jerk & arrested 19 times!!!

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 12/30/10 - 10:14 am
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It's official. Defense

It's official. Defense attorney's are slime. How does this guy go to sleep at night? If you are arrested 18 times, chances are, you put yourself in that position. Since when is robbery and fighting the police not a violent crime. Oh, "Mr." Minn....karma is a MOTHER...

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 12/30/10 - 10:27 am
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Augusta Chronicle says:"He

Augusta Chronicle says:"He was most recently arrested Dec. 11 on drug and attempted robbery charges and was released three days later, according to Fulton County Jail records." AJC says: "Court records pertaining to Favors' most recent arrest on Dec. 10 indicate that on the Monday night LeCroy was shot, Favors was free on bond while facing felony charges of criminal attempt to enter an auto, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, cocaine possession and two counts of obstructing a police officer."

Not that it matters, because this thug should have been in prison, but there is a huge difference in attempted robbery and attempted theft. That could explain why he was out on bond. But again, had he been in prison, where he belonged, this crime would have never occurred.

getalife
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getalife 12/30/10 - 10:29 am
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This kind of scum has no

This kind of scum has no conscience and could care less about the life he took. The people responsible for his release from jail on the previous charges should be fired and also charged with the trooper's murder. It is time we have some accountability and responsibility from our elected politicians and government workers.

smbga
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smbga 12/30/10 - 12:14 pm
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this wonderful government of

this wonderful government of ours keeps turning the most vile and wicked offenders loose. thank you judges so much. you are to be commended. you sicken me. how do you sleep at nite knowing this no good excuse for a human has murdered the father of two children? huh? answer that

too_much_time
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too_much_time 12/30/10 - 12:15 pm
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and this piece of crap will

and this piece of crap will spend the rest of his life in prison since Ga. does not execute cop killers. his trial and sentence should have been carried out when they found him. kudos to the LEO's that arrested him, you showed much more restraint than i would have.

teapot
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teapot 12/30/10 - 12:37 pm
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Allow the Judge and the

Allow the Judge and the "professionals" who released Favors to support the Troopers Family. Favors attorney can be included in this list. Favors, should be taken to the "town square" and hanged by the neck until he is "dead, dead, dead. The execution should be carried on GPB stations. This might be a deterrent to others who think like Favors.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/30/10 - 12:38 pm
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When we have proof such as

When we have proof such as the video cam in the police car...this is where we need to save some money & use a bullet to end his useless career.....save on jail expense-lawyer expense-& put an end to needless appeals.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 12/30/10 - 03:15 pm
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The only way he was released

The only way he was released from jail is if some Judge set a bond. Otherwise he would have still been in jail where he belonged.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 12/30/10 - 03:48 pm
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Favors is a career
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Favors is a career criminal.

He has an extensive criminal history, including 19 arrests, dating back to 1998, when he was only 17 years old.

He was arrested for a drug violation which occurred on April 9, 1998, and was sentenced to five years probation and a $250 fine. He was charged with another drug violation for an incident that occurred just one month later, on May 13, 1998, according to court documents. He was sentenced to five years probation again, to run concurrent with the previous order.

He was arrested in 2000 on charges of carrying a pistol without having a license, but used an alias, Derrick Allen, and was sentenced in State Court to 12 months probation.

Favors was charged seven years later with drug trafficking and possession of marijuana, but the case was dead docketed. Records indicate he was to be re-indicted, but it was unclear if that ever happened.

Four months later, on Oct. 6, 2007, he was said to be in possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm during committing a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to court records. He was sentenced to five years probation.

On Jan. 14 of this year, a Cobb criminal warrant states that Favors was charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana and a firearm during the commission of a felony, and used the name Derrick Allen again, and a social security number belonging to another person "in attempt to conceal his true identity."

That lead to a May plea deal. He pleaded guilty to forgery in the first degree and was sentenced to five years probation. That was followed by two arrests in Atlanta. For a June 25 incident which involved cocaine possession, reckless driving and other charges he was sentenced to 30 years but was ordered to spend only 60 days of that sentence in jail - the rest on probation.

Fulton Superior Court records indicate Favors used at least two other aliases over the years, which may be the reason Fulton officials could not immediately identify all crimes possibly connected to the Atlanta man. His use of aliases could also be the reason he kept receiving probation sentences.

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rmwhitley 12/30/10 - 03:57 pm
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I haven't heard Sharpton,
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I haven't heard Sharpton, Jackson or the NAACP condemn the assassinations of 2 white law enforcement officers in the past 8 days! If a white officer had shot a black man in that time frame, eric holder would have begun a civil rights investigation. Absolutely no shame or respect, from where I sit.

sgachief
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sgachief 12/30/10 - 04:16 pm
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this trooper and his family

this trooper and his family are victims of one or more bleeding heart judges. my heart goes out to his family.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 12/30/10 - 04:45 pm
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Violent Criminals should be

Violent Criminals should be behind bars or on death row, period.

We need mandatory sentencing as our liberla judges will not do their jobs.

Criminal Defense Attornies of 100% obviously guilty persons who try to justify their actions need to watch our for karma. How they sleep at night is beyond me. Representing someone is one thing but defending their actions by any means necessary is absurd.

This is becoming an every day occurrance in our country and our law makers (including this area) need to wake up. Locally, we are cutting police salaries, giving them furlough days, taking away trainig opportunities, and give them little to no support. They in turn do their best to keep us safe and deal with criminals OVER and OVER again which wastes man hours and time because the judges will not keep these thugs where they belong.

RIP Trooper and may God Bless your family and fellow Troopers.

Trooper LeCroy had a wife and 2 children who will miss him dearly. We as a community need to support our Troopers who put their lives on the line every day helping to keep us safe.

A fund has been established at the DPS Credit Union in Atlanta to benefit the LeCroy family. The address to the credit union is: DPS Credit Union, P.O. Box 1456, Atlanta, GA 30316. Checks should be made payable to the “LeCroy Family Benefit Fund”. For more information on contributing, you may contact the DPS Credit Union at 404-624-7790.

follower
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follower 12/30/10 - 05:24 pm
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I imagine better than a

I imagine better than a million Georgians would pledge $10 a month to build a new prison to house all of the worthless scum that hold no regard for other humans. 10 million a month should be more than enough to keep animals in a cage. And it should be just that, a cage.

We can name it "The effort to prevent cruelty to humans". Tell me where to send the check. I'm fed up.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/30/10 - 06:01 pm
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All information on this

All information on this whale.....on the bottom of the ocean has been posted. You know what it missing, the name of all the judges and the District Attorneys involved on all his 18 cases. Very seldom is that information released. You would then begin to know who the rotten people that are associated with causing these unnecessary murders.

The only ones that really suffer for life because lack of action taken by the liberal minded Judges and attorneys are the FAMILES.

Wife, children and family, you have my heart and prayers.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 12/30/10 - 08:54 pm
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Here in Atlanta, the blame
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Here in Atlanta, the blame game is being shuffled between judges, probation personnel, and jail jurisdictions. A good, honest man lies mortally wounded because NO-ONE takes responsibility for their lack of job effectiveness. We trust these people?

reba530
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reba530 12/30/10 - 11:09 pm
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Ohh yes its a shame that a
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Ohh yes its a shame that a poor innocent man had to lose his life because a scumbag like this was able to get out of jail..Let me guess he will be out again by summertime I betcha..Instead of us supporting him behind bars lets do to him what he did to that poor man..Stupid jerk..I hope you ROT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nativeson1
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Nativeson1 12/31/10 - 07:53 am
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Comment by rmwhitley:"I

Comment by rmwhitley:"I haven't heard Sharpton, Jackson or the NAACP condemn the assassinations of 2 white law enforcement officers in the past 8 days! If a white officer had shot a black man in that time frame, eric holder would have begun a civil rights investigation. Absolutely no shame or respect, from where I sit." Would it make you feel better if the two law enforcement officers killed were black and the perpetrators white? Sounds to me like you are focusing on color more than anything...If it makes you feel better I can tell you I have lost two friends who were black police officers killed in the line of duty and Sharpton or Jackson didn't say anything when they died either (not that anybody would or should expect them to)...

workedforit
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workedforit 12/31/10 - 10:06 am
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Keep your eyes open, those
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Keep your eyes open, those morons in the Atlanta/Fulton County court system will probably let this scum out yet again.
How about listing every judge and court official responsible for this, give mailing addresses so that they can be written to and informed of just how stupid everyone views the way they mishandled this whole mess from start to not yet finished.

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