Supt.: Texts Could Be Related to Football Fight

8:32 PM, Jan 16, 2012   |    comments
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The case of a football fight between two rival high school teams heads to grand jury next week.

Warren County Superintendent, Carole Jean Carey, gave 13WMAZ's Amy Aubert a copy of a letter written to Judge Prior about the case.

The 7-page letter was sent to Judge William Prior in October.

Carey says the letter was compiled days after the October fight between Hancock and Warren County high school football teams to request a GBI investigation.

According to the letter, Hancock County Sheriff Tomlyn Primus initially denied Carey's request for a GBI investigation.

The letter goes on to say that the sheriff told Carey, "We are going to investigate it from the Hancock point of view," and, "If you want it investigated from the Warren perspective, you are going to have to get someone else to do it."

The letter also states that the week before the football game, several Warren County football players received "provocative and profane" text messages from a former Warren coach who now coaches football at Hancock Central High School.

According to the letter, the text messages included threats about the upcoming game, telling players in part to stay in Warren County "before someone get really hurt."

The letter also says that just before the start of the football game, several Hancock players threatened Warren County players saying they should "call an ambulance because if they [Hancock] lost, we would need them."

The letter says that Superintendent Carey compiled interviews from 40 Warren students and other witnesses.

Hancock County Sheriff Primus has since asked the GBI to investigate the case.

District Attorney Fred Bright could not comment on the case because it's an open investigation.

The case goes before the grand jury on January 25.

13WMAZ has tried contacting Sheriff Primus for about a week, but he has not returned any phone calls.

Carey wrote that the Warren County board of education and Warrenton Mayor Tony Mimbs supported her letter.

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