Published Sunday, December 23, 2012
From Staff Reports
Longtime Coweta resident Mackie Carson has written a 378-page true crime book about the murder of three Gwinnett Police Officers in 1964. Carson is a retired Atlanta-Fulton County police detective.
His new book, “Judas Deputy,” features photos and a complete trial transcript from the case. The three policemen were murdered in a secluded area of the county off Beaver Ruin Road near I-85 by car thieves. “Everyone was surprised when an indictment was returned identifying one of the killers as a former Gwinnett Deputy,” said Carson. The book is called “Judas Deputy” from the closing arguments of prosecutor Luther Hames, who called the former deputy a “Judas.”
One of Carson’s friends, Roy Pitts of Coweta, was an Atlanta police investigators named in the testimony of one of the killers. Pitts had investigated the killer in the theft of a tractor-trailer load of goods stolen in Atlanta and ending up in Gwinnett county.