Special to SEGAZINE
An indictment unsealed last week in Ware County Superior Court charges a former preacher with kidnapping his estranged teenage wife, whom he and his former wife had taken in as a 16 year old in hopes of straightening out her life.
The indictment filed a week ago charges Kenneth Linwood Allen with kidnapping, simple battery under the family violence statute, and two charges of cruelty to children. The battery and cruelty charges are misdemeanors.
Allen had faced the same charges earlier, but a magistrate dismissed the kidnapping charge during a preliminary hearing, District Attorney Bradley L. Collins said.
Collins said he was the assistant district attorney for that hearing. Gov. Nathan Deal appointed him to complete the term of Rick Currie, who retired May 31, and Collins was sworn in Aug. 2.
While still working as an unpaid prosecutor, Currie presented the evidence against Allen to a Ware County grand jury, which indicted Allen. Currie has since cleaned out his office in protest over Collins’ appointment over acting District Attorney George Barnhill.
Asked about the victim’s reluctance to testify against her husband, Currie said it didn’t matter.
“You can’t just unkidnap yourself,” he said.
Currie won’t be around to try the case and Collins said he doesn’t know when it will come up for trial.
“It’ll probably have to get in line with some other cases,’’ Collins said. “Our two biggest counties, Ware and Coffee, have very busy trial calendars.”