CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. -- A Brunswick city commissioner arrested in connection with the shooting death of a toddler is expected to be released from jail Monday night for an unrelated case.
James Brooks turned himself into the Camden County Sheriff's Office around 10 a.m. Monday.
Two women accompanied him inside, but left without Brooks. No one in the trio said much of anything to the news media waiting outside.
When asked what Brooks would like to say for himself and to the people of Brunswick and Glynn County, he said, "Good morning."
As of Monday evening, Brooks' attorney, Alan Tucker, told First Coast News that Brooks' bail in the Camden County case had been set at $10,000.
Tucker said Brooks was released at some point in the evening by family.
Brooks' booking into the Camden County jail was one condition of an approved bail request in a separate case.
Authorities in Glynn County arrested Brooks last week on charges of influencing a witness and obstructing justice as they investigated the death of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago.
Two teenage boys are in jail, charged with the shooting death of Santiago, who was in his mother's stroller when the shooting happened.
Police have not said specifically how Brooks hindered their work, but Tucker implied to First Coast News it had something to do with a conversation about legal advice.
"What he was trying to do at that point in time when he was approached at the courthouse was 'You have a right to remain silent. Don't talk to police unless you have an attorney present,'" Tucker said.
Tucker reiterated to First Coast News he believes the case in Glynn County has no merit and his client shouldn't have even been arrested.
"I'm going to win this thing," he said.
But now Brooks is indicted in Camden County on six counts of racketeering related charges.
He's accused of accepting thousands of dollars under the premise he could use his public position to benefit others.
For example, the state claims Brooks took money in exchange for offering to help expunge someone's criminal record so they could join the Brunswick Police Department.
The state also claims Brooks too money in exchange for work he said he'd do to secure a liquor license for a new business.
Longtime friend and Brooks supporter Gary Cook said the alleged activity sounds out of character.
"None of this stuff ever transpired around me, and I still don't believe none of this stuff ever transpired," he said while leaving the Camden Co. Sheriff's Office.
Cook said ultimately the courts will have to decide the fate of a man he describes as an upstanding public servant, but that in the end he believes the truth will prevail.
"I just think he's a great guy. I think he's great for the community and for the public. And I think the court system is just going to have to make what they're trying to do out of it," Cook said.
First Coast News