Courts news

The grand jury is back in business again for 2018, and among the first round of indictments the panel has handed down include charges in two high profile cases from late last year.

55-year-old Kevin B. Millsap, who was granted a $50,000 bond in December following his arrest on murder charges in the shooting death of 49-year-old Thomas Elbert Mills in November.

The Lindale man’s case will now move forward as he faces charges of felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and tampering with evidence, along with associated misdemeanors for pointing or aiming gun or pistol at another, theft by receiving stolen property and reckless conduct.

District Attorney Jack Browning said his office opposed allowing for Millsap to be released on a bond on the charges, but Tallapoosa Circuit Superior Court Judge Michael Murphy ruled in favor of the defense.

A trial date is expected for later on in the year, Browning said.

The grand jury also voted to indict a Youngs Grove Elementary School administrator still suspended from his job following a November incident where a student was dragged across the floor and left with burns.

Assistant Principal Matthew Johnson will be heading to court to face charges of felony cruelty to children in the second degree and misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct, battery and simple battery.

Johnson was briefly arrested and bonded out in November following a Polk School District, Department of Family and Children Services and Polk County Police Department investigation into the charges.

According to arrest reports, prior to the Thanksgiving break Johnson dragged a child for a distance across a carpeted floor. He is also alleged to have burned the student’s skin after the child refused to comply with orders by the former administrator to calm down.