BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – On October 30, 2019, three arrest warrants were issued for Bainbridge investigator Chip William Nix, 43, on charges of two counts of Embracery and one count of Violation of Oath by Public Officer. Nix was the law enforcement prosecutor during a criminal trial.
Embracery is the attempt to corrupt a juror and sway in a direction that will favor one side over the other using various ways of persuasion.
On August 29, 2019, the GBI received a request from South Georgia Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Kevin Chason to conduct an investigation into alleged jury tampering during a criminal trial recently held in Decatur County Superior Court. GBI agents conducted the investigation and interviewed witnesses and jurors related to the trial in question. The investigative case file was then turned over to District Attorney Joe Mulholland for his review. Arrest warrants were obtained, and Nix turned himself in to the Decatur County Jail yesterday afternoon.
Nix has been put on administrative leave.
This case is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to call the GBI Thomasville Office at 229-225-4090.