Officer investigation moved to Lowndes

Antjuan Jethrow
Staff Writer

The criminal case against a former Columbus police officer suspected of inappropriately soliciting a minor while off duty will be handled in Lowndes County and not in West Point or Clay County, according to authorities.

But it's not clear how District Attorney Scott Colom will proceed with possible charges against 28-year-old Antjuan Jethrow.

Jethrow could be arrested and processed through municipal or justice court and charges possibly bound over to the Grand Jury or Colom could take the evidence directly to the Grand Jury, which convenes again in July in Lowndes County.

Jethrow, who went through the Columbus Police reserve officer training program last fall and worked as a Lowndes County Sheriff's Department jailer, was hired by Columbus Police on April 2.

On April 13, he was detained for questioning by West Point Police after investigators received reports that Jethrow was suspected of soliciting a teenage male.
Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton suspended the new officer that day and on April 17, the City Council fired him.
West Point detectives put together evidence in the case but when they realized all the crime happened in Lowndes County, they handed their investigation over to Colom's office for the next steps.

"Once we determined it wasn't in our jurisdiction, we gave it to Mr. Colom," West Point Chief Avery Cook said.

When asked Wednesday when he might make a decision on how to proceed, Colom said only it would be "In the near term."
He would not specify how long that might be.