Trooper slaying suspect should have been in jail

Friday is the funeral for Georgia State Trooper First Class Chadwick LeCroy. He was killed Dec. 27 when Gregory Favors allegedly shot three times, hitting Trooper LeCroy once. He died on the way to Grady Hospital.

You all have seen this scenario played out before. Favors is a career criminal, in and out of jail for years. He was arrested Dec. 11 and charged with breaking into a car, drugs and several counts of obstructing a law enforcement officer.

And he was allowed to sign his own bond? Seriously?

I have no idea what this guy will put up as a defense. Did he not get a hug when he was younger? Or maybe someone bullied him in the fourth grade? Poor kid, life is so rough. I’m sure he has a lot of “poor me” crap he’ll present during his trial.

He had his chance and found it easier to victimize other people than to live his life with the simple dignity of contributing to society. Now, if convicted, he’ll finally graduate as a murderer. Unfortunately, Trooper LeCroy paid the price.

Regardless of whether you came from a family with money or one with no money, you have the opportunity to know and to live your life with class and character. Favors chose not to. For some, it’s too hard to work and it’s too hard to be an honest person with all of life’s challenges that come with it.

What’s done is done. Now, there comes the question of accountability. Why did it happen and who is accountable for it? How do you fix it?

There is no way this career criminal should have been able to sign his own bond. They got him on drug charges, not one but several counts of obstruction and entering-auto charges. And the judge said: “Let him sign his own bond.” That just doesn’t make sense. OK, shoplifting maybe? Yeah, sure, but not on these charges.

It’s a lesson in life, folks. It’s the holidays, and look what’s going on. It’s not like the movies, is it?

If Favors is convicted of Trooper LeCroy’s murder and I were on the jury, I know how I’d vote: death penalty.

74 comments Add your comment

SINS OF OUR FATHERS

December 30th, 2010
5:06 pm

this is such a crock of crap. this trooper lost his life due to the utter incompetence of the Fulton County Jail system. Had he been locked up in Gwinnett or Cobb, this worthless piece of street scum would not have been freed. His butt would still be in jail where he should have been, never to have been unleashed on the world to kill a completely innocent man doing his job! Don’t ever forget the victim, the little guys. We need to completely revamp the entire system of parole and puts these career criminals behind bars and under the jail! ***oh, first***

Janet Grimmette

December 30th, 2010
5:58 pm

Very well said Mr. Rose.

Catlady

December 30th, 2010
6:29 pm

What a terrible thing! How DID he get back on the street–isn’t there something called persistent violator or something? With all the mug shots, wouldn’t he qualify? Doesn’t someone need his/her head examined?

And Officer Rose, I can tell you there are a lot more upcoming. As a teacher who watches kids continue to get by with assault, etc, we are “growing up” a large crop for the near future. Perhaps we will put some of this money we are “saving” in education toward more jail cells.

Annie Rice

December 30th, 2010
7:13 pm

I feel so sorry for the family. It seems that there are so many people now adays that feel the world owes them and if they don’t get it,they take it. Shame on the court! Maybe some justice can be delivered to this hurting family. They will be in my prayers.

Pissed Off

December 30th, 2010
7:33 pm

Do we really need a trial? Fry his a$$!The penal system needs to be changed. When a crime is committed, all of the criminal’s rights should be abolished. All of this cruel and unusual punishment crap needs to go out of the door. How is it that a criminal can inflict cruel and unusual punishment on the victim but that same type of punishment can’t happen to the criminal? I’m willing to start-up my own torture chamber for these punks. I’m sick of this crap!

Laura Mohr

December 30th, 2010
7:36 pm

What ever happened to ” THREE STRIKES AND YOU ARE OUT” ??? This guy has has WAAY too many strikes.. ESPRESS ROUTE TO THE DEATH PENALTY!

No Name Yet

December 30th, 2010
7:37 pm

As usual Catlady is right on point. Everyone needs to pay special attention to her second paragrah!

No Name Yet

December 30th, 2010
7:38 pm

paragraph… sorry

JOD

December 30th, 2010
7:42 pm

Thank you, LT, for writing your opinion – God knows it is echoed by most ‘average’ citizens. I’m glad the AJC is trying to find – and publish – the names of the judges who allowed this travesty to happen. This dirtbag was given more chances than most – and more than he deserved – and he has shown what kind of person he is. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a fair fight, and he killed an officer who dedicated his life to serving others. Whatever legal loopholes might exist to allow him to continually get out of jail and escape timely prosecution need to be closed…we must demand this as a public who is scared for our own safety. These lifelong perps don’t deserve the same rights as the rest of us. How many more officers and civilians must be harmed or killed before the judicial system catches on?

Rest in peace, Trooper – others will take up your watch.

jo

December 30th, 2010
7:51 pm

Please hang this worthless excuse for a human being ASAP. Make it a public hanging broadcast live on all tv channels and radio so these types of people will know that there will be a reckoning. Godbless trooper Lecroy and his family.

ls1z28chris

December 30th, 2010
7:55 pm

Atlanta needs to declare a state of emergency. The APD can’t go a year without having to pay millions of dollars to settle civil rights lawsuits, and the judicial system in Fulton County cannot keep a career violent criminal off the streets after getting busted hustling narcotics and obstructing justice on multiple occasions. Reed needs to man up and follow Landrieu’s lead and call in the feds. This latest tragedy shows that the city of Atlanta is a disaster.

What must be frustrating for local leaders is that Atlanta wants to be hopeful about its future and talk about the younger, more affluent and well educated people moving into the city. That trend will stop if rule of law is abandoned and its streets are ceded to illiterate gangbangers.

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

December 30th, 2010
7:58 pm

@catlady: What if he is a ‘product’ of Atlanta public Schools? They’ve got plenty of money- as a parent, I see how they throw it around on all sorts of meaningless s@%&. Are you saying if they only had more money we’d have less crime in the city?

Howard

December 30th, 2010
8:02 pm

Well put…but if this maggot is tried in Atlanta or Fulton County, I’m betting the farm he will not receive the death penalty. Why?? Jury makeup…need I say more. Remember OJ??
I’m saying Favors gets life w/o parole…another victory for the bad guys while the good guys get screwed by the silly death penalty rule where it has to be 12-0 for a trip to the death chamber.

AmyKaren

December 30th, 2010
8:08 pm

Amen. Well said Officer!!!!!

Christine

December 30th, 2010
8:15 pm

So sad. Fulton County court system didn’t fail the community and this officer, the JUDGES did. Th system did their job and advised the judges not to release this dangerous scum. They did it anyway. I’m not surprised though. The only judge I saw quoted about it has the lousy disorganized court.

WASTED MONEY

December 30th, 2010
8:22 pm

Why waste tax payers money on this bum.Don’t let him sit on death row for year’s and waste tax payers money.If you are going to give him death give it to him, and stop wasting my tax money.God bless the family.It not the year that officer LeCroy was born or the year that he left this life,but it the – between the years to how he lived his life.

B. T. Justice

December 30th, 2010
8:24 pm

…cat lady is right, theres a whole new more violent generation coming up. These kids now have an entitlement mentality and absolutely no respect for authority. The have no accountability at home or in life, I see it daily!! Not many adults have accountability, it’s always someone elses fault, or a medical or mental condition, or a poor family life! They all want to blame it on being either oppressed or disenfranchised….it’s crap! Mommy and Daddy need to give em some leather to the a$$ cheeks or the back of a hand to the fronts of thier faces when they get outta line…but they say OH OH OH I cant spank my kid, the police will put me in jail….CRAP they need to read O.C.G.A 19-13-1 stating that family violence cannot be charged for corporal punishment administered by parent or guardian to a child. It’s all an excuse and BS! It;s also not the Fulton Co. justice system it’s the whole freaking country, they want all the poor little inmates to have “rights”!! Again Crap!! Hell at some jails they have juice bars and snack bars in the dorms (Cherokee) and others get X amount of jellies with their biscuits in the morning because we house federal inmates (Bartow)…Crap!! Take out the A/C , TV, Good Food, etc…make them hate being in jail and they will stop coming back! I don’t stay at cheap dirty hotels because I don’t like the conditions….make them not like the conditions!! They need to stop spending so much of money on this scum!! The cost of on inmate per year in a minimum security prison is $28,936 and in a maximum security prison it’s $110,512!! Guess where Favors is going to be!! It’s a damn shame it’s going to cost us (the taxpayers) this much per year for the next 20 years even if he gets the death penalty because thats about how long his slime ball attorney will keep the appeal process going. Makes me SICK!! I’m an administator at a police agancy and I make less than 40K and it’s going to cost us almost three times my salary to keep this animal up?? WoW! Sorry y’all for the rant…

Rico

December 30th, 2010
8:25 pm

Fulton County Jail is a walk in the park. Three meals a day, Hot Bath, Free Medical and Dental, And a list of rights. Favors is living the dream life for a person that does not want any responsibilities. R.I.P Trooper First Class Chadwick LeCroy. Fulton County wake up we need to make our Jails tougher!!

Tammy

December 30th, 2010
8:26 pm

What angers me is that this IDIOT murdered a law enforcement officer ON CAMERA and he will still be allowed to have a trial in which he will plead not guilty. whereas I agree that people deserve their day in court, this will go beyond normal. just like the Nicholson case…..who kiled a judge and others on camera and look at all the tax dollars WASTED with him in court. In jail the other inmates will treat him like a hero, so I wouldn’t send him there. Send his dumb ass to Afghanistan and let him be a “casualty” of war.

Deputy's Wife

December 30th, 2010
8:26 pm

It’s just so sad that men and women that protects us everyday have this to worry about! Worthless excuses for a human being. He had been in jail 18 times and out. Why did it take murdering someone’s father, husband, son..just for a traffic stop. I mean what are the chances that all he would have gotten wa maybe a ticket. Now the officers children will grow up with out there father and his wife with out he soulmate!! The driver of the car was not thinking of anyone but himself!! Death Row is not good enough for him!!!!!

Chris

December 30th, 2010
8:37 pm

Has anyone ever read “The Color of Crime”? Very interesting reading. Based on DOJ statistics. Conclusions are astounding revelations to some and only confirmation for others.

D

December 30th, 2010
9:04 pm

Perhaps the Judges should be held accountable for their inactions. Put them up for the same charges these repeats get and maybe less repeaters would be hurting the truly innocent

Chris

December 30th, 2010
9:06 pm

Obama had time to call and thank the Eagles for giving Michael Vick a second chance. That being said, I’m sure he’s taken the time to call this officers and family and thank them for their sacrifice and for his.

Va Hi resident

December 30th, 2010
9:12 pm

For Paul Howard to complain about the Fulton Courts is shameless hypocrisy. It is his incompetence both as a trial attorney (which is widely acknowledged by the local bar) and as an administrator that has led to screwups with Brian Nichols, Gregory Favors and who knows how many more criminals – violent and otherwise. Yet he ran unopposed for re-election. Hoorah for the AJC’s reporters for working this story extra hard. The editorial board will ignore it because the underlying truth does not fit in to their world view. Lock your doors, Fulton County residents.

Andy

December 30th, 2010
9:23 pm

Overcrowed jails and overcrowded dockets. It’s time the citizens of GA thought seriously about a permanent one cent additional sales tax for more prisons, jails and salaries for the officers and judiciary to keep the vermin at bay!

jo

December 30th, 2010
9:31 pm

Daily public hangings will reduce overcrowded jails. Activist judges and lawyers must pay as well.

curious

December 30th, 2010
9:34 pm

Unfortunately, judges, who allowed bond for this animal, have to comply with laws, which are written and approved by our legislature.

And as for the death penalty, please remember that the execution is not immediate. Lawyers will use the law, written by our legislators, to postpone it for years and years.

Perhaps our next legislative session should consider sending repeat offenders to war zones to drive vehicles that are targeted by IEDs. Considering current events, that should be a life, with possibility of death or mutilation, sentence.

Joe Bob Thibodaux

December 30th, 2010
9:38 pm

Hello Mr. Rose:

I live in a distant city and another time zone, so I usually only blog on ajc SEC sports, but this tragic death really touched a nerve in me. I sincerely hope the locals can fix the “rocket docket” that has its counterpart in my city. This is just horrible. Thank you and the ajc for this site to voice our comments. May officer LeCroy be remembered for the man he was. What a man!

B. T. Justice

December 30th, 2010
9:45 pm

http://www.mayeswarddobbins.com/ Go to the link and put some of y’alls appreciation on the guesbook for Tfc. Lacroy #744 as his family mourns his last tour of duty. R.I.P. brother.

Drew

December 30th, 2010
9:47 pm

Let’s face it, crime pays (especially in Fulton County and Atlanta). There, the criminal is the ‘victim.’ Add in bountiful entitlements, no parental guidance, and a blame the world mentality, we’ve got the makings of the perfect storm.

Enough

December 30th, 2010
9:54 pm

This justice system is so poor, and how much longer must it go on? I say put this felon under the jail and save the taxpayers time and expense. The same for all other rapists, child molesters, murderers, and politicians who protect them. This country is too soft on criminals.

Tim

December 30th, 2010
9:55 pm

The blood of this trooper is all over the hands of each and every judge that let this guy out of jail. The judges that let this guy out of jail should also be tried for murder.

jon hunton

December 30th, 2010
9:57 pm

DEANNEX FULTON CO FROM GEORGIA

LEO OFFICER

December 30th, 2010
10:03 pm

1st I would like to send my condolences to Trooper LeCroy’s family. I do this job every single day and always expect the worst to happen but not to the degree of Trooper LeCroy. I received a text message as it all was unfolding and I immediately said a prayer for him and his family. It’s really ashame that when we put these perps in jail for violent offenses like drugs, fighting with the police, burglary and for whatever reason they be out in 2 or 3 days in the Fulton County system. Its ridicolous that we are out here putting our lives on the line only for these clowns to tell us that they will be out of jail before we clock out. And the are not lying, so Va Hi Resident I feel your pain trust me I do. To all Officers that love the job that we do on a daily basis keep your heads up and continue to do a good job that I know you. We don’t get a lot of love or respect for the job we do. To Trooper LeCroy, RIP brother…… and to the family God Bless You.

chuck

December 30th, 2010
10:08 pm

the system in fulton county has been put in place by the voters of fulton county. figure that one out and you figure out fulton county. God bless Chad Lecroy and his family…Travis, take a day off and get some sleep, you’ve earned it.

Chris

December 30th, 2010
10:09 pm

His attorney claims he’s “slow” and that he’s “scared and doesn’t understand his charges”. You have got to be kidding me. Career criminal doesn’t understand his charges? We can all see where his defense is going. I’m sure it will work though. This is how we get more and more like this guy everyday.

Darryl Boles

December 30th, 2010
10:09 pm

Tears of gratitude to Trooper Lecroy. My condolences to Trooper First Class Chadwick LeCroy’s family. You are the heartbeat of our country.

Quilla Gerner

December 30th, 2010
10:10 pm

This is a sad, sad day for Atlanta and our country. I lived within walking distance of where office LeCroy was killed for 40 years and then was forced to quick sell my home and move after 40 years because of the crime, drugs and harassmant from the drug dealers. The Atlanta Police was paying most of these young boys to seel drugs for them so it was virtually impossible to get any help cleaning up the neighborhood.

Also, I am sending a communication to President Obama to please call this family and pay his respects; he may not be aware of this but I am going to make him away of it. But most importantly, where is the NAACP, SCLC and all of the Civil Rights organizations that would be crying foul if Officer LeCroy had done something that seemed to be racially motivated towards an African American.

I am an African American, but today I am ashamed and embarassed. And I pray that the LeCroy family know that all of us are not like this young man. On behalf of the entire African American community, please accept my apology for this horrible crime that has commited against this family and all of us that are law abiding citizens. May God have mercy on all of our souls.

Quilla Garner of Acworth, GA

kennensaw mom

December 30th, 2010
10:34 pm

What a senseless crime. I am so sorry for the LeCroy family. For once Paul Howard needs to make sure this fool…whatever sorry excuse of a human being is putdown with a lethal injection.
How are these sorry people being released from jail? A month ago one with extensive criminal history killed a young man, now this one has taken the life of a trooper who was watching out for us??? When with this stop?
TROOPER LECROY RIP and to the family we will continue praying for you…AMEEN

MyBrothersKeeper

December 30th, 2010
10:38 pm

Trooper LeCroy was failed by a system he pledged to defend. A system that allowed that POS Favors to sign his own bond. I hear the argument that our prisons are over crowded with “Non-violent Offenders” and “Perpetrators of victimless crimes.” Which would describe Favors up until this week. His attorney Michael Mann advised his client was “afraid and confused” for what he had done. As if to paint Favors as the victim of the system and society. He simply deserves to be wiped off of this planet in the most horrendous way possible. No trial, no attorneys, no judges (as they have proven their own worthlessness). He deserves to be displayed on the steps of the capital for the world to see. Drawn and quartered. There is no punishment fitting for this sub-human person. My sympathy goes out to Trooper LeCroy’s family and his extended family of the GSP. He deserved better. Trooper LeCroy will be given a hero’s send-off and accompany so many of the fallen on a wall in Washington D.C. While Favor will have the capital punishment defense team and millions of dollars in Ga Taxpayers money defending his actions when justice could be brought in $1.50 worth of lead and brass. I weep for what our society has become. I’m not a religious man by no means, but sometimes I wish God would just start over.

Matthew

December 30th, 2010
10:49 pm

Quilla Gerner, you are so right.

B. T. Justice

December 30th, 2010
11:05 pm

Well said, MyBrothersKeeper!!! Well said indeed!!

Quilla Garner

December 30th, 2010
11:32 pm

Favors does not seem to be afraid and depressed to me; he has a smerky smile on his face to me. The same smile he had on all his mugshots. If I had not moved out of that area I would probably be dead by now as well because the entire area where this happened is just a drug and crime haven. I had a young man approach me right before I was forced to move and tell me that every time I called the Atlanta Police and complained about the drug dealers, the Police would call and tell them that I was reporting them. I was threatened and my home was vandelized, so I got out. And breaking in people’s cars, selling drugs and fleaing from the police are not low level crimes – this boy had contacts within the system trust me.

But none of this will replace this husband and father and I am angry and hurt at the same time. Lord have mercy. I agree with MyBrotherKeeper, either God need to start over and just end it all.

But I am not going to sit by and do nothing. I am going to contact every Civil Rights organization and ask them why are they ao quiet now – they need to start speaking out against these young African American men who are commiting all of these horrible crimes. Civil Rights and justice works both ways. I am not going to let this officer’s death be in vain because I had to give up my home of 40 years because of these same young men and their foolishness. It is time for this mess to stop.

C_Morris

December 30th, 2010
11:55 pm

This tragedy is more heartbreaking because if the wretched, slovenly disaster that is everything associated with Fulton County Government had been working properly, it would not have happened.

What’s it going to take before this state admits that after decades, NO– no one in the county where the State Capitol is located is capable of doing their job, and kicks out every single waste-of-oxygen employee, and starting all over again with new, efficient staff? Who will be honest and enlightened enough to be *truly* color-blind?

And shame on you, Georgia judiciary community. Shame on you ALL for not wielding the power that is at your disposal to shut down the thug hatchery that this city has become! Will you wait until Atlanta becomes Detroit? The citizens that you are bound by oath to protect have had ENOUGH!

Kym

December 31st, 2010
12:27 am

Fulton county’s judicIal system is to blame 100% ! The Fulton county jail is not the only area that needs improvement in Fulton county. It is time that citizens begin electing officials that mean business ! Most of these magistrate judges allow bond to dangerous defendants…Remember the guy who beat the mother and child in Palmetto last year….well same case different face! Paul Howard-DA is requesting a probe ..well I think he is just as liable as all of these magistrate judges and superior court judges who sentence these criminals.. Do you know how long it takes the Fulton county DA office to indict some cases…Does anyone recall the articile that was written in AJC a few months ago where HE Paul Howard requested a way to increase the speed of high profile cases because they were taking to long to indic and retain evidence/witnessest and were being dropped. Well for some reason now after this tragedy he is against the ” rocket docket”,,
There are sentencing guidelines that need to be followed especially with habitual offenders!!!. Fulton county’s court system is full of undertrained and uneducated individuals! There are many ppl out there who take the justice system seriously who need to be working with the agency to clean up their mess. This county’s court system is horrible..citizens are paying for services that are not taking place we are not being protected. Even though Officer Lecroy was in the line of duty he nor his family deserved this and ppl( officials) need to stop pointing fingers and take accountability for the mistakes this county is making when it comes to implementing policies and the judicial system.

free

December 31st, 2010
12:55 am

This is just another reason ” Milton” county wants to return to existance……

Wilbur Ellington

December 31st, 2010
6:56 am

The senseless death of another peace officer by a career criminal emboldened by a weak and liberal judicial system should be every reason to initiate public hangings immediately after sentencing, particularly in the case of a criminal such as this one where the evidence is overwhelming. Make sure that the event is covered by all types of modern media. As the criminal drops from the gallows, and their neck bone separates from the spinal column, close ups of this can be distributed by cable, internet, and satellite feeds to all of the juvenile detention facilities around the country. Hopefully, a cautionary tale to become a law-abiding productive member of society. The senseless and completely preventable death of this honorable man absolutely sickens me, and I live on the opposite side of our country. Hopefully, this man’s death will not be in vain, but serve as a lightning rod of revolution to overhaul our judicial system of the weak, misguided, overly liberal components which have made a mockery of the justice system and only serve to embolden the criminal class. If that doesn’t happen, I foresee the citizenry rising up and taking justice into their own hands by forming vigilante hit squads to rid society of the burden of these worthless animals. The money saved in no longer pampering these criminals could be used for much more effective and positive means within society. Roads, bridges, schools, and libraries would be funded by the money saved by just terminating with extreme prejudice those who seek to prey on society like criminal wolves.

J. Wise

December 31st, 2010
9:46 am

When the scum are arrested and plead to be taken to Fulton County instead of Cobb or any other jusidiction there must be a reason. The reason is obvious, they know they will be coddled, hugged and sent on their way by liberal judges without regard for their actual crimes. Clean up the mess that is Fulton County Court System. God Bless Trooper LeCroy and his family and friends.

olfart

December 31st, 2010
9:58 am

My grandfather was Sheriff of Jackson Co AR back in the 1920’s. His deputy was killed by by a man trying to escape arrest…btw the only deputy ever killed in the line of duty in Jackson Co. He was found guilty by the Judge and 2 days later my Grandfather led him to the gallows. Yes, he was a black man, but my grandfather told me he would have hung a white cop killer just as fast.
Let’s get back to the basics and stop coddling useless scum who kill others.

JHB #236

December 31st, 2010
10:03 am

There was another police office killed in Dougherty County a Lt. Cliff Rouse on 12-23-10 was shot to death while responding to a armed robbery call. To stop these types of crimes you are going to have to do away with the parole system completely. Just like the Feds do. It is like a feather in some criminals hat for them to go to prison, a sort of status symbol in their wretched community. We have to start running the prisons again, not the inmates. Prison should be a place to be feared.The word corrections means to correct bad behavior. Bring back sentences like 20 years at hard labor and make it hard labor. Chain gangs with some tough guards and this BS will stop like hitting a light switch.