Grand jury indicts former medic

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Also: 3 indicted for beating inmate

By Melanie Ruberti





LaGRANGE — A Troup County grand jury indicted a former American Medical Response employee earlier this month for possession of drugs and theft by taking.

Martin Terrell Potts, 35, of Coweta County, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of Midazolam and possession of Sustanon 350 in violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, six counts of possession of dangerous drugs including Epinepherine, Haloperidol, Diphenhydramine and Odansetron in violation of the Dangerous Drug Act, and possession of Piroxicam and Amoxicillin.

Potts was also charged with theft by taking medical supplies and medications that belonged to AMR.

The former medic was suspected of coming to work under the influence drugs on Oct. 23, 2015, according to the original LaGrange police report. A supervisor told police when he escorted the medic for a drug test, Potts became irate and left. He was immediately terminated from his job.

According to the AMR supervisor, he found intravenous drugs and kits, testosterone-boosting steroids and prescription medications under someone else’s name inside Potts’ medic bag.

The grand jury also indicted Michael Frocorta Ford, 19; Kenderick Jamal Smith, 23; and Joe DeQuavious Weldon III, 21, each on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, influencing a witness and six counts of violating the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.

According to the indictment, on Jan. 4, 2016, while incarcerated in the Troup County Jail, the three men maliciously harmed Antonio Ty’Keen Harris Jr. “by slamming his head,” stomping on him and “striking him with their feet.”

The indictment states the men’s actions caused injuries that included a deep cut and broken nose.

The Troup County Sheriff’s Office stated the three inmates attacked Harris, a co-defendant in an upcoming Troup County Superior Court case, because he allegedly refused to perjure himself.

The indictment also alleged Ford, Smith and Weldon are members of the Bloods gang.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.