Book Details 'Ambush' Murders of Gwinnett Police Officers

Buford resident Ray Sexton, the last surviving Gwinnett County officer from that time period, was interviewed for the book.

"Judas Deputy," a new true-crime book written by former Atlanta Police officer Mackie Carson, probes the April 1964 slayings of officers Jerry Everett, Jessie Gravitt, and Ralph Davis in a case that turned out to be the work of corruption inside the Gwinnett department.

Carson held a book signing Saturday (Dec. 8) at Everett's Music Barn in Suwanee. Jerry Everett's brothers, Randall and Roger Everett, began the barn and musical legacy in the wake of the slayings.

It's Carson's first book, and he said he wrote it because he was a rookie police officer in Atlanta when the slayings occurred. "It always stayed with me," the Newnan resident recalled. "It was a project I always wanted to do."

For research, Carson studied newspaper microfilm records, and also interviewed the only member of that Gwinnett Police force who still is alive -- Ray Sexton, 81, of Buford. The book also includes a complete transcript of the 1965 trial.

Visit Suwanee Patch for additional details about the book and the slayings.


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