Sound Off: Indictment of Sheriff's Son After 4 Years

A Bartow County grand jury has true-billed drug and firearm charges against Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap's son, David.

A grand jury has true-billed charges against Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap's son, nearly four years following his arrest on drug charges.

David Clark Millsap was 22 years old in 2008 when he was pulled over by a deputy and arrested in connection with alleged marijuana found in his car.

Charges against Millsap—possession of marijuana more than an ounce and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime—will proceed through the criminal justice system following the Aug. 10 indictment, reported last week.

District Attorney Joe Campbell cited "human error" and said "nobody tried to hide anything," referring to Millsap's file, which reportedly was found and presented following an inquiry with Campbell's office.

What do you think of the four-year delay from arrest to indictment in this case? Tell us in the comments below.

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the guy August 30, 2012 at 08:45 PM
the guy August 30, 2012 at 08:54 PM
the whole deal should be investagated from the arresting officer all the way to the da,s office then it should all be publicly announced to the people that it was done and showed who all was in the wrong and then they should be punished gonna need the i team on this one and a different agency investagateing it
Homer Fair August 31, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Please explain to me why the arresting deputy should be investigated. He did his job, made the case, took the warrant and, followed through with testimony to the grand jury. As far as that goes, why should the sheriff's office be investigated? The young man went to jail, waited for the booking process then, bonded out. Thats normal protocall. If there needs to be an investigation, it needs to be directed at the DA's office. If this had been Joe Blow's son, the headlines wouldn't have been Joe Blow's son indicted after two years. I know he is the high sheriff's son, but he made his bed, it's his to lie in, not the sheriff's.
the guy August 31, 2012 at 01:39 AM
well the sheriff knew all about it it does need to be investagated starting from the time he got arrested till present day to make sure everythung was done correct and if the sheriff knew that it had been 4 years then he knew something had gone wrong your right if he done the crime he need to do the correct amount of time but dont you think there could have possably been some intemadation on the arresting deputy that he could have repercussions if he didnt keep his mouth shut for the past 4 years
Kim Jacobson August 31, 2012 at 08:24 AM
The Sheriff's son was allowed to go homein his car and take a shower, eat a meal, and talk to "daddy" all before being booked into the Bartow County Jail, it was some 19 hours later that the son was brought into the Bartow County Jail and booked in. The officer that stopped the son originally worked for the Cartersville Police Department and NOW he is a Lt. at the Sheriff's Office. Anyone else would not be allowed to drive home in his car, take a shower eat a meal take a nap and then talk to "daddy" before being booked in. How is it that he did not have to wait to see the magistrate judge for a bond hearing? Oh, yeah thats right when you are the sheriff's son you get special treatment!! I have always been under the impression that your car gets impounded, you go directly to jail you go into a cell and wait til the next day before you go in front of the magistrate judge to be given your bond amount and any special instructions pertaining to your case... Surely you don't get to keep your car! As for why this needs to be investigated why was it 4 years before this case was brought before the grand jury? Since this case was made public it would only seem fair that it would be prosecuted like the rest of the cases that the District Attorney gets. The Sheriff knew that the case was turned over to the District Attorney why did he not ask why it was taking so long to before a grand jury? Oh thats right he didn't want anything to ruin his chances of being re-elected!!
Paul Nally August 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Kim, if your email concerned a request for the governor to see that the criminal laws needed to be enforced in this County, consider this - Ga. Const. Art. V, § II, Para. II - The Governor shall take care that the laws are faithfully executed and ... O.C.G.A. § 16-10-1. Violation of oath by public officer Any public officer who willfully and intentionally violates the terms of his oath as prescribed by law shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years. Obviously, he does have statewide authority and that provision does not allow him the discretion to refuse to act, at least he can send the GBI in to investigate. If he refuses, it appears that he might need a 5 year vacation at the taxpayer's expense. But, do you think you could expect to get a warrant issued by the present CM or get your complaint forwarded to the Grand Jury? Try to petition the Grand Jury and "Shep the Almighty" or "Joe the Myrmidon" will order "Clark and the boys" to forcibly throw you out of the entire courthouse. They've already done it 3 times to keep the Grand Jury from finding out what goes on in this County, and one time even used armed force in the presence of the grand jurors to intimidate them, and it worked, too. Now, let's see, which liberty can we give up, or allow to be taken, and still claim to be a free people???
Kim Jacobson August 31, 2012 at 03:09 PM
This is what I recieved back from the Governor of the State of Georgia!!!! STATE OF GEORGIA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR ATLANTA 30334-0900 Nathan Deal GOVERNOR Dear Mrs. Jacobson: Thank you for writing to make me aware of the Bartow County Sheriff's office. As Governor, I value input from Georgia's citizens and appreciate you taking the time to share your concerns with me. Unfortunately, this is a matter under local jurisdiction and I am unable to intervene. If you have not done so already, I would encourage you to contact your district attorney or judge of the Superior Court to request assistance with this problem. I regret that I cannot help you further. I hope you will be able to resolve this situation and that you understand the limitation of my authority in such matters. **************************************************************************************************** I do NOT understand this, exactly why can he NOT help? And in tallking to C.B. on another issue dealing with the Sheriff's Office I was also informed that he has no Control over what is being done or not done at the Sheriff's Office, is not he the person who is in charge of the county? Does he not sign the checks for the county employees? Does he NOT decide where the taxpayer monies is dispensed to??
the guy September 02, 2012 at 12:14 PM
clark millsap is sorry and crooked as the days are long and if you call the sheriffs office or go by there dont expect to see or talk to him cause there is always an excuse why hes not there or why he cant talk to you on the phone i called and requested extra patrol through my neighborhood after a rash of people getting there vechicles broken into was assured that there would be some deputies ride through our neighborhood well 6 months later i still havent seen a deputy ride through yet but they can go sit over at peoples valley church all day long yes people there usally between 1-3 of them sit there most of the day
the guy September 02, 2012 at 12:17 PM
people should have gotten smart and voted for knowles instead thed voted for corruption and lies
d1 September 03, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Kim, Did you really expect a politician to help you. I have emailed Phil Gingrey on numerous things(obamacare). You just got their typical response from one of his staffers as did I. Once they are elected, they don't care.
Tennesseekid September 03, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Whatever happened to the DUI roadblocks? Don was a great Sheriff in my opinion. I dont like weed but I hate drunks more.
Karen Temples September 04, 2012 at 06:04 AM
The ignorance of some individuals in this county, never ceases to amaze me. Let's get the facts straight. The arresting officer 4 yrs ago was indeed from the city police department. If you know the history of our current sheriff, you would know he worked for the city before he became sheriff. On the night the young man was arrested,when the officer read his license, just what do you think that officer probably did? My guess would be he called Sheriff Millsap and said what should I do? The easy way out would have been,let him go. Who would have ever known? I think his first response was as a parent and not as the sheriff. He wanted him to learn from his mistakes and accept the consequences. Here we are 4 years later.Hes still taking heat for doing the right thing. Talk with the DA's office for its mistake. How is allowing your own son to be arrested corrupt? THINK ABOUT IT!
Tom Myers September 04, 2012 at 12:39 PM
We are indeed lucky that most all of the commenters here do not have any authority in our county. By all means, have an investigation, but leave out all of the hypothetical mumbo jumbo. If you could believe most of this, the sheriff, the D.A., the best County Commissioner in the nation, a superior court judge, the city police, other BCSO officers, the Governor, and the FBI, all have some reason to hide something to do with this case.
Kim Jacobson September 04, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Ms. Temples, I hope that you are you are not calling those of us that have posted the facts as we have gotten them! I know for a fact that it was a City Police Officer that stopped the young man!His son did NOT go Directly to jail like the everyday "John or Jane Doe" the son was allowed to go home and talk to "daddy" Yes I know that the sheriff used to work at the City Police Department before becoming Sheriff.... but does that explain how the "arresting officer" was made a Lt for the Sheriff's Department right after the arrest? Does it also explain why they knew that the paperwork was turned over to the D.A. 4 years ago and it had not been to the "Grand Jury?"Why had it taken 4 years? It is NOT just the D.A.'s fault Sheriff Millsap knew that case was over there and yet said nothing hoping that the "Statute of Limitations" would run out before it was sent to the Grand Jury! It truly says alot about "Honesty and Integrity" on the Sheriff's part being that it was his son! Its to bad that this didn't come out before the election God knows that some people would NOT have voted the way that they did! Fair is fair would the common everyday person be given 19 hours to turn themselves in? Would they still have the car that the drugs that they were found in?? No it would have been impounded! And listed in the the Daily Tribune News as Property seized during a traffic stop! Now lets not call people ignorant when they just want justice!!!
Kim Jacobson September 04, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Mr. Myers, Yes, I guess that you would think it is all hypothetical if you weren't one wanting answers to these questions! Why is this so hard to believe for you? When you can't get answers from the D.A. the"best commisioner" and others that you have mentioned what comes to your mind? Oh nevermind you really don't want to know the truth!!
Karen Temples September 05, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Again I reiterate,if Sheriff Millsap was so corrupt, why did he allow his son to be arrested in the first place? No one has answered this question. If anyone remembers this arrest came just prior to the election in 2008. " God knows that some people" did not vote for him in light of his son's arrest, However, if I remember correctly he still won by a landslide. Also if the news of the error of the DA's office had come to light before the last election, im sure some people would have changed their minds. Let's be realistic. In the last election,Sheriff Millsap received 63.3 percent of the votes cast by the greater than 16300 voters. I seriously doubt this new information would change the minds of the nearly 10000 voters who voted for him. Fact: Neither Ms Jacobson nor I were there the night of sept 25th when this young man was arrested ,but if he did indeed go home, it wasn't to daddy's house .He wasn't living with his father at the time of the arrest. Maybe "the facts as some people have gotten them" are a little incorrect. Just trying to enlighten the ignorant.
Kim Jacobson September 05, 2012 at 07:38 AM
Ms.Temples, you are CORRECT that neither of us were there the day that this incident happened, as for allowing his son to be arrested that would be kinda hard not to do unless you wanted it covered up that your son was stopped and was found to have drugs and a gun in his possession, I am sure that it would have went into the dispatch that this car had been pulled over, so that they could check to see is the vehicle had a 1) Valid Registration and Tag, 2) Had Insurance, and 3) to make sure that it was not stolen! Imagine the suprise when the officer heard the dispatch say who that car was resgistered to! Naturally since the Sheriff at one time worked with the City of Cartersville Police Department the officer would call his "superiors" and ask what should be his next step after finding the drugs and gun in the car! Sheriff Millsap may have won the election in both cases but it was not because he "allowed" his son to be arrested! As for the young man going home some of us knew that he didn't live with his daddy , but I am I to believe that he didn't call daddy for what he should do? Is this why it took 19 hours for him to turn himself in at the sheriff's office? Is this why a bonding agent was present when he turned himself in? Also. would the common person be given the chance to go home? Ms. Temples, I prefer not to be called "ignorant" as more than likely the rest of the people that have responded in like to this comment, maybe misinformed would be a better term!
Karen Temples September 06, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Ignorance: having a lack of knowledge,information or awareness. I personally would rather admit to being ignorant of an event than to admit on a public forum of sharing misinformation . If you read my comments ,no one attributed his election wins to his son's arrest. More misinformation, you are right. Again the arrest was public knowledge. Inspite of this public information( not because of),greater than 63% of the The voters in this county voted for Sheriff Millsap not once but four times now. I do not know or will attempt to speculate or share misinformation regarding the events of sept. 25 2012. This I do know. The person who insisted on charges being brought against the young gentleman ,after the city police let him go, was the father,Clark Millsap. Also The last time I was at the health department,I recall passing 4 businesses related to bonding. So I imagine those agents you referred to earlier are probably available to the jail 24 hrs a day. The Millsap family owns property in the city and county. Are you sure a bondsman was even needed or is this more misinformation? In fairness,we are all intitled to our opinions. Sounds like you would like to see Sheriff Millsap out of office. The good news is you have 4 years before the next election to reach 63% of the voters with "misinformation"as you called it. Good night and may God Bless all of our elected county officials whether we like them or not.
Craig Ballew September 07, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Funny, a year for Possession of Meth with intent to Distribute gets a year when I know somebody who failed a drug test for Meth and got 5 years without being caught with any Meth. Something stinks
D. Whyte September 12, 2012 at 05:49 AM
There is nothing "fishy" and nothing being hidden. Clark Millsap is an honest and fair sheriff who does his job same as Lt. Cheeks DTF who probably investigated the case. I doubt either one is covering up or whatever people are saying and hell so when did people start giving a shit about marijuana arrests. People make mistakes the son of the town's sheriff made a mistake who gives a shit.
Kim Jacobson September 12, 2012 at 07:59 AM
D.Whyte, It would seem that maybe you don't find anything "fishy" with this matter.... but the fact that the young Millsap was allowed to leave in is vehicle after being caught with enough Marijuana and a Gun makes it seem like something is NOT right, first not everyone would be allowed to leave in their car especially when a gun is found and it doesn't belong to the person who had it. Seems to me that special treatment was given to him because he was the "Sheriff's son! As for Lt. Cheek who was the one that stopped him to begin with ( Lt. Cheek) worked for the C.P.D. at the time and now is a "Lt." with the sheriff's department just seems to be a little "fishy"! And then the file that was taken to the D.A.'s office and was not seen for 4 years is a Stinkin FISH!! Four years!?! Really????
Teresa Lucero September 14, 2012 at 10:32 AM
This was no mistake....outside sourses are being involved
Teresa Lucero September 14, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Who do you think "lost" it? Come on people....who is IN CHARGE?
Teresa Lucero September 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM
not I....
the guy September 15, 2012 at 02:47 AM
they both are crooked as the days are long clark is a joke AND I APPROVE THIS STATEMENT
CLUBFV September 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM
one thing that hasn't been considered is that the Sheriff's son is an informant. Informant's are allowed to get away with certain things. Mostly, that's why they become informants. heat off of them and onto someone else. Pretty standard informant treatment. Not right, but the way of the world.
Hunter September 15, 2012 at 01:25 PM
You do realize that Cheek is employed by Cartersville PD and NOT the Sheriff's Office. Seems you have forgotten that the DTF is a joint task force with the county and the city. Nothing "fishy" about that...seems like you don't know as much as you think you do :)
CLUBFV September 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM
just found out that the sheriff's son is being represented by Rex Abernathy out of Summerville.
d1 September 17, 2012 at 02:41 AM
okay, lets let this go. I am getting tired.
Jim Davis September 30, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Kim it seems the more you post on this subject, the more you add to it. You say he was allowed to leave the scene, go home, take a shower, have a hot home cooked meal, have conversations with his father, talk with an attorney, then take a nap, My question is, how do you know he did all these things? You are not saying it's possible he did these things, you are saying you know that's exactly what happened. If there is a trial I will be there every single day and I am assuming you will be there testifying about this information?


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