Governor's warrant issued for Shanon Buie

ALBANY -- Dougherty County prosecutors have taken further steps to try and get the wife of the former downtown manager extradited to Georgia to face fraud and theft charges, officials say.

A governor's warrant, described as a legal avenue to facilitate Shanon Buie's extradition proceedings, has been overnighted to the Cumberland County, N.C., Sheriff's Office in Fayetteville, Chief Assistant District Attorney Chris Cohilas said.

Buie has been indicted alongside her husband, Don Buie, with fraud and theft in connection with a downtown check writing scheme that authorities believe defrauded the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority of thousands of dollars, court documents state.

Buie, who has been living in Fayetteville, was granted bond Oct. 23 after surrendering to authorities in Cumberland County. She requested an extradition hearing before being transported back to Georgia.

Meanwhile, Don Buie, who was denied bond and who remains incarcerated at the Dougherty County Jail, has yet to hear how Superior Court Judge Denise Marshall will rule on his motion to move his trial, scheduled to start Dec. 14, out of Dougherty County.

Marshall said in a hearing last week that she would wait until after the Thanksgiving holiday to render a decision.

Don Buie contends that excessive media coverage of the GBI investigation into his office and his subsequent indictment have influenced the jury pool to the extent that it would be hard to find a jury that hasn't been influenced by the coverage.