A female Fulton County deputy is accused of illegally communicating with a YSL co-defendant, prosecutors have learned.
According to the warrant obtained by Channel 2 Action News, Deputy Akeeba Stanley was arrested Friday for violation of oath of office, reckless conduct, conspiracy to commit a felony, and obstructing the apprehension or sentencing of a criminal, per jail. record.
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The YSL defendant and member in question is 22-year-old Christian Eppinger, the outlet reports.
The trail of evidence between Stanley – who is a woman – and Eppinger became difficult for other officers to ignore.
Deputies reportedly personally observed Eppinger using her attorney’s computer in the courtroom to communicate on Instagram with someone named Coren Gates.
This happened about six times, according to the outlet. Each time the deputies reported they reprimanded Eppinger and his attorney.
At the time, officials were unaware that Stanley was behind the other Instagram accounts.
Court documents allege was using Instagram to communicate with deputy #ysl Defendant Christian Eppinger. The affidavit also alleged that she would visit his cell and communicate with him on the cell. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/Da0ojNolKI
— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) June 2, 2023
How officers learned the deputy and the YSL defendant were communicating: Background
Stanley’s middle name is Koren, and she lived at an address on Gates Avenue, authorities eventually learned.
When a violent fight broke out between Eppinger and a prison officer last month, Stanley allegedly stood by and did nothing to help stop the YSL associate.
The warrant says Stanley also attempted to comfort Eppinger after the altercation, rubbing his back and saying, “Look at me, kid.”
According to the warrant, Eppinger also allegedly gave Stanley a birthday card purchased from the prison’s commissary.
Prosecutors are using these new warrants to remove Eppinger’s case from the remaining eight YSL defendants awaiting trial.
The warrant was also used to name Eppinger’s attorney as a co-conspirator. The attorney, Eric Johnson, has been named for illegally allowing Eppinger to use his computer to communicate, wsb tv Report.
“My client, Mr. Eppinger, is alleged to have had inappropriate communications with a deputy – Ms. Stanley – while using my computer,” Johnson told Fox 5.
Additionally, Johnson believes he will still be allowed to represent Eppinger when he splits from the YSL trial for one of his own.
The lawyer continued, “I believe that prosecuting himself may make it difficult for him to get a not guilty verdict.”
Meanwhile, both Instagram accounts linked to the back-and-forth between Eppinger and Stanley have been deleted.