Five more co-defendants in Georgia election case surrender at Fulton County Jail

August 25, 2023

As of Friday morning, five more co-defendants have turned themselves in at Fulton County Jail on charges related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.

The surrenders, following former President Trump’s surrender on 13 criminal counts Thursday evening around 7:30pm ET and had his mug shot taken, leaves just two of the 19 co-defendants who were indicted by a grand jury last week to still be facing, as of Friday morning, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ noon deadline to “voluntarily surrender” or face an arrest warrant.

All 19 defendants face state racketeering charges. 

The five who turned themselves in after Trump’s surrender Thursday evening are:

• Former Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark, who’s facing two criminal counts. He’s accused of making false statements to senior DOJ officials, “urging” them to convey “false information to Georgia election officials” concerning the results of the state’s election;

• Georgia attorney Robert Cheeley, who’s facing 10 counts. He’s accused of making false statements to members of the Georgia Senate regarding voter fraud at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta and taking part in an extensive pressure campaign allegedly targeting the then-speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, David Ralston;

• Trump White House staffer Michael Roman, who’s facing seven counts. He’s accused of working with others in December 2020 in several states, including Georgia and Arizona, to commit acts “in furtherance of the [fake electors] conspiracy”;

• Businessman and Georgia state Senator Shawn Still, who’s facing 7 counts. He’s accused of signing a fake electors document declaring himself a “duly elected and qualified” 2020 Georgia elector; 

• Former Coffee County elections director Misty Hampton, who’s facing 7 counts. She’s accused of conspiring to commit election fraud in the rural Georgia county related to its counting of ballots. 

Only Illinois pastor Stephen Lee and entertainment publicist Trevian Kutti, facing five counts and three counts respectively, had not turned themselves in as of Friday morning. Both are accused of attempting to influence the testimony of Fulton County election worker Ruby Freeman. 

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