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Grand Jury Denies Indictment of Bannister
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LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- Gwinnett Co. DA Danny Porter sought an indictment of former Gwinnett Commissioner Charles Bannister on perjury charges resulting from testimony by a grand jury last week, but was denied by that same grand jury.

Porter's actions came after Bannister's testimony before the grand jury as part of an investigation into county land deals.

The indictment was sought over Bannister's denial that he met with Martin Hewatt in February 2009 in his office, regarding an appraisal on a tract of land that is the subject of litigation.

11Alive's Paul Crawley spoke briefly with Bannister's lawyer, former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers via telephone Monday morning.

"It's over, as far as this investigation is concerned," Bowers said. "And Bannister feels finished."

Bowers said he had nothing more to say in that regard.

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