The jury that may decide whether Liberty County Administrator Joey Brown is guilty invading a young woman’s privacy was selected in Liberty County's Superior Court Wednesday.
The trial is now scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday. The panel selected included seven men and five women with one male alternate.
Brown faces two felony charges of peeping tom and unlawful surveillance in an incident that reportedly took place on April 1, 2006. Yvonne Tomlinson claims she was tanning in the nude and saw someone's reflection in a mirror in her booth.
She turned to see the person duck behind the separation wall and immediately went to the front desk where she was told the man in the booth next to her was Joey Brown.
Tomlinson filed an incident report with Hinesville Police on April 6. Later police declined to file a warrant and Tomlinson was informed by officers how to file for a warrant.
She filed an application with the magistrate court and a hearing was scheduled in May, but attorneys for Brown got the hearing postponed.
In June Tomlinson withdrew her application. The GBI took over the investigation based on the evidence collected by the Hinesville Police Department and in September 2006 a grand jury indicted Brown.
Brown sat in the courtroom Wednesday with his wife, Kim, at his side. He was presented by three attorneys, Joel Osteen, Lenny Darden and Billy Jones.
The case is being prosecuted by two assistant district attorneys, Meg Heap and Ronald Adams, from the Eastern Judicial Circuit DA’s office. Atlantic Circuit DA Tom Durden recused himself because of associations he has had with Brown.
Judge Robert Russell III will preside over the hearings and he anticipates the trial could end on Friday.