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You Heard it here: Judge values the alternates
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Though they weren’t able to participate in deliberation, the two alternate jurors are always a good thing to have for Senior U.S. District Judge William C. O’Kelley

O’Kelley presided over the case involving Nikki Autry, a former Habersham County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was accused of misleading a judge for a “no-knock” warrant. She was acquitted on all charges Friday.

The trial took the entire course of the week from 9 a.m. Monday’s jury selection to a verdict returning before 5 p.m. Friday.

O’Kelley said he appreciated the alternates for their service for the unexpected things that can happen in a trial week. The judge said in prior cases, he has had one juror have a heart attack, while another was hit in traffic.

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