Democrat DA in Laken Riley case pressured to remove herself over ‘real concern’ she’s unfit for the job

The Democrat district attorney who was to prosecute Laken Riley’s killer has stepped down over concerns she’s not equipped for the job.

“I have a real concern about her ability to handle this case,” Georgia state Rep. Houston Gaines, a Republican, told reporters on Monday, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

By “her,” she meant Athens-Clarke County DA Deborah Gonzalez, a Democrat who reportedly had zero experience prosecuting criminals before assuming the role of DA in 2020.

According to local attorney Kevin Epps, she’s also “failed to achieve one guilty verdict in a jury trial involving any type of criminal case.”

“We currently have a district attorney that has a complete inability to prosecute this case appropriately,” he told Atlanta station WSB.

“Epps is currently suing Gonzalez on behalf of an Athens bar owner and accuses her of being unwilling to do her job. Epps said he believes Gonzalez and her office are not equipped to prosecute the murder suspect accused of killing Riley,” the station notes.

Gonzalez has also been sued by Susan Wilson.

“Wilson filed her motion after she received a call from the DA’s Office the day the suspected drunk driver who killed her partner of 37 years was offered a plea deal,” according to Atlanta station WXIA. “She was teaching and couldn’t answer her phone. She didn’t get the message until later that afternoon when the hearing was over.”

In a statement to the station, Wilson said, “It was like, I was sitting in the emergency room all over again waiting to talk to the coroner. Because, it was so horrifically unjust. Not only was I not given a chance to be in a courtroom, I learned that the plea deal had reduced the charges to misdemeanors and that he had been given probation.”

Dovetailing back to the present, Gonzalez has indicated that she isn’t interested in pursuing the death penalty against Riley’s alleged killer, criminal illegal alien Jose Ibarra:

Now fast-forward to Friday, when Gonzalez announced — reportedly in response to all criticism — that she’d be assigning a special prosecutor to Ibarra’s case.

“In a release, Gonzalez stated that Shelia Ross from the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council, will return to the Western District for the prosecution of Jose Antonio Ibarra, the man arrested for the murder of Riley. Gonzalez said her office will not allow this or any other case to be used for political gain,” according to local station WUGA.

Ross reportedly has experience with death penalty cases:

Critics on social media responded to Gonzalez’ announcement by arguing that if she doesn’t have what it takes to prosecute Ibarra, then maybe she needs a new job.


As previously reported, last week Ibarra was named in the murder of Augusta University nursing student Laken Riley, 22, a woman whom he reportedly hadn’t even known.

“The killing of Laken Hope Riley, a junior on the dean’s list at Augusta University, appears to be a ‘crime of opportunity’ by ‘an individual who woke up with bad intentions,’ University of Georgia Police Chief Jeff Clark said at a Friday news conference,” according to CNN.

“Campus police said they are recommending charges against Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, of Athens, including felony murder, false imprisonment, kidnapping, and concealing the death of another in Riley’s killing,” CNN reported.

Riley’s death sparked massive backlash given that she’d likely still be alive had it not been for both the federal government and local government’s leniency for criminal illegal aliens.

Gonzalez isn’t the only left-winger in town. As also previously reported, the sheriff of the Georgia county where Riley was murdered had campaigned on not cooperating with immigration officials.

Vivek Saxena


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