District Attorney
 
COBB JUDICIAL CIRCUIT 
 
 

Vic Reynolds


About Vic

Vic Reynolds was born and raised in Rome, Ga., and is a graduate of Floyd County public schools. In 1979 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro.

After graduating, Vic returned to Rome, where he was in law enforcement for four years. In 1986, Vic graduated from law school at Georgia State University and began prosecuting felony cases as an assistant district attorney in Fulton and Cobb counties. He was a prosecutor in Cobb when he was appointed as Chief Magistrate in 1994. Vic won election to a full term as Chief Magistrate in 1996, earning 72 percent of the vote. As Chief Magistrate, his duties included presiding over the Cobb County Drug Court. He left the bench in 1999 and began practicing criminal-defense law.

In July 2012, Vic was chosen by voters as the Republican nominee for District Attorney of the Cobb Judicial Circuit, and he won the office without opposition in the Nov. 6, 2012, general election.

He and his wife, Holly, who is also from Rome, have two daughters.


DA Vic Reynolds hosts monthly 'Gavel to Gavel' show

DA Vic Reynolds has resurrected the Cobb TV23 show "Gavel to Gavel" to help citizens understand the judicial systems in our county. The 30-minute videos feature a different guest each month.

 

Guilty verdict in 2013 murder at Milo’s Bar in Marietta


March 20, 2015 ­– Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Canton man has been convicted of killing another man inside a now-shuttered bar.

A Cobb jury on Friday found Dennis Lee Hampton, 43, guilty in the shooting death of Takilam Terrell, 34, of Sandy Springs.

The two were strangers, but both were inside Milo’s Bar, at 11 Garrison Road in Marietta, in the early morning hours of April 7, 2013.

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Jury quickly convicts man in 12-hour rape, assault


March 19, 2015 ­– Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Marietta man has been convicted of rape and other charges related to a prolonged attack against a woman he had dated.

A Cobb jury on Thursday took about an hour to convict David Martin, 55, of all charges, including rape, aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

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Elder Abuse Task Force featured in East Cobber magazine


Feb. 19, 2015 -- This month's East Cobber magazine features an article on the Cobb Elder Abuse Task Force, which is chaired by Cobb DA Vic Reynolds. Elder abuse can take many forms, including financial, physical and emotional.

On April 21, DA Reynolds will be speaking more on the topic in the forum that is open to the public, though pre-registration is required. The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Board of Commissioners meeting room at 100 Cherokee Street in Marietta. To register, call 770-528-5355.

Click to read the East Cobber magazine article.

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Ex-principal pleads guilty to sex acts against 3 boys


Jan. 5, 2015 – Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a former school principal has pleaded guilty to aggravated child molestation and related charges.

Jack Duane Hibbs, 58, of Marietta, pleaded guilty today to eight counts related to acts committed against three boys between 2011 and 2013. His plea came as jury selection was to begin for his trial on the charges, which included four counts of aggravated child molestation, one count of sexual exploitation of children, and three counts of child molestation. Two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes were dismissed.

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Drunk driver is sentenced to prison for five years


Dec. 19, 2014 ­–
Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Marietta man will go to prison for five years after being convicted of drunk driving, fleeing from police and related charges.

Last week, a Cobb jury found Charles Emerson Williams, 31, guilty of eight charges stemming from his actions in the early-morning hours of Feb. 11, 2014. On that morning, Mr. Williams, who was intoxicated, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado well above the speed limit and in the wrong direction on Austell Road.

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Life without parole for man who killed over a parking space


Dec. 12, 2014 ­– Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Powder Springs man has been convicted of murder after a dispute over a parking space.

A Cobb Jury deliberated nearly a full day today before finding Harold Antonio Parks, 42, guilty of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, and firearms-possession charges in the death of Terrence Washington Jr., 27.

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Smyrna man is sentenced to 30 years in home invasion


Nov. 13, 2014 – Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Smyrna man has been convicted of multiple charges in a home invasion.

On Nov. 5, a Cobb jury quickly found Johnny F. Pineda, 20, guilty of two counts of armed robbery, aggravated assault and burglary. The evidence showed Mr. Pineda and Zyheed T. Roberts were armed when they entered a home in the 600 block of Windcliff Drive on Nov. 25, 2012, and robbed several juveniles in the home of laptops, jewelry, and other items. Mr. Roberts previously pleaded guilty in the case.

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How to protect a defendant’s Constitutional right to counsel


Chief ADA Don Geary has published an article offering a method to protect a criminal defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to competent defense counsel.

Mr. Geary notes that the number-one appellate issue for those convicted of a crime is ineffective assistance of counsel. This problem is further complicated when some defense lawyers swear under oath, in case after case, that they were ineffective for a client and that their client's criminal conviction should be reversed.

Though there is little, if any, cost to that lawyer for claiming their incompetence, the costs to taxpayers are enormous. Some of these costs include additional financial costs for additional trials, a judicial system that is further backed up due to the requirement to retry the case, and a delay to other citizens to get their day in court. Meanwhile, the defense lawyers – some of whom eagerly admit they were ineffective – continue to accept new clients without any repercussions. Even worse, many of those clients are indigent and have no choice but to accept the counsel appointed to them.

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Cobb County Cold Case unit is awarded federal grant


Sept. 26, 2014 – Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds is pleased to announce that the Cobb County Cold Case Unit has won a federal grant worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars to help finance the unit for 24 months.

The District Attorney’s Office applied for the grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, in May, and was recently notified of the $246,814 award.

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