Monday, August 20, 2012
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BLAKELY, Ga. -- A former Early County Sheriff's Investigator and the son of Early County Sheriff Jimmie Murkerson, has been indicted in federal court for extortion and lying to FBI agents in connection to purchase of anabolic steroids, court documents show.
Jarrod (J.D.) Murkerson was released on a $10,000 bond following an initial court appearance Friday in U.S. District Court in Albany. An arraignment has been set for 10 a.m. Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Tommy Langstaff.
Murkerson has been charged by the U.S. Attorney’s office with extortion by a public official, attempting to possess with the intent to distribute anabolic steroids, four counts of unlawful use of a communication facility or device, and false statements.
Murkerson, who left the sheriff’s office to work at a private firm before being indicted, is alleged to have committed the crimes in July 2011 when he was still employed as an investigator with the Early County Sheriff’s Office.