DeKalb county (GA)

Officials Gone Bad: “Slave” Listed as Occupation in Juror Questionnaire, Removed Hour Later

Court Administrator Cathy McCumber told 11Alive, the questionnaire went online a month ago, but is based off an internal list that’s been used for 13 years.

She says the list is 62 pages long, so she’s not sure if the word slave has always been on it, or if it was added before the questionnaire went online.

11Alive and the court learned about the problem Monday morning, after a potential juror filling out the form hit the letter “s” for sales. He says he got “slave” instead.

…The company that designed the software says the drop down menus in the survey are inputted by the user.

“Hopefully it’s just a glitch and hopefully it will be worked out. It doesn’t make sense, but at the same time people make mistakes,” said Anna Wyatt.

McCumber says the word was removed within an hour of learning about it. But figuring out how it got there, and when will take much longer. [emphasis added]

At the courthouse Monday, residents responded with disbelief.

“So they’re saying it’s a mistake? I don’t think so. Why is that even an option? Wow,” said Bridgette Mathis.

DeKalb County juror form lists “slave” as occupation. 11Alive, 11/26/2013.

Teen Stabs Toddler Sister to Death, Cleans up and Changes Clothes

[Shelton] Ray [stepfather] said [13-year-old] Tyasia [Jackson] was caught with a boy inside the townhome while he and her mother were away from the house.

“My wife’s co-worker lives across the street. She was watching them. She seen my older daughter let a boy in the house. She called my wife at work. My wife told her to go get the boy out of the house,” Ray said.

“I told the boy to come out the house,” said that neighbor, Veronica Hillman. “If it was a boy in my house I would want someone to tell me.”

Hillman said she found the boy hiding inside a closet. Ray said after the boy and Hillman left, Tyasia told her three siblings to go upstairs while Sasha stayed downstairs with her.

“She made all the other kids go upstairs and then she stabbed [Sasha] by the back door. Put her outside came back in the house, cleaned up the blood, changed clothes then came outside and started looking for her with everybody else,” Ray said.

When her parents returned home, Ray said they asked Tyasia where Sasha was and began looking for her.

Ray and Tyasia’s mother then¬†found Sasha’s body in the backyard with serious injuries.

“I thought a dog or something had gotten to her because of the bruises, the scars and the bleeding. Murder was far from my mind at that time. I didn’t think anyone had did something to her,” Ray said.

Ray said he picked his daughter up and attempted to take her the hospital. But before they reached the end of their subdivision, Sasha died.

13-year-old charged as an adult in death of 2-year-old sister. KCTV5.com, 11/20/12..

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