Indictments not returned in death of former teacher Georgian; investigation continues

By HASKEL BURNS,

Hattiesburg police are still investigating the homicide of Ann Georgian, the 64-year-old former Hattiesburg Public School District teacher who was found dead in September 2016.

Capt. Branden McLemore, detective with Hattiesburg Police Department, said a grand jury did not return indictments on Gus Timothy Georgian and Pam Hamilton, who were the two suspects in the case. The indictments were not returned – or “no-billed” – because grand jury members determined there was not enough physical evidence to bring the case to trial.

“So what that basically (means) is, we just don’t have enough evidence to prosecute them,” McLemore said. “They’re still suspects. They have not been ruled out or anything like that; we just don’t have enough evidence.

“They’re not out on bond; once that grand jury comes back with a ‘no bill,’ at that time the charges basically do not proceed forward.”

Ryan Moore, public information officer with HPD, said Ann Georgian’s cause of death was blunt force trauma and strangulation.

“(Police) will just keep going on the investigation,” he said. “Nobody is ruled out as a suspect. They’re still just going to continue the investigation.”

Gus Georgian, who is Ann Georgian’s brother, was arrested and charged with murder, but was released on a $100,000 bond shortly afterwards. Hamilton, who is Gus Georgian’s cousin, was arrested and charged with hindering prosecution/rendering criminal assistance, and later posted a $10,000 bond.

Police found Ann Georgian’s body Sept. 3, 2016 near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Davis Street, and immediately opened a death investigation. Officers had been contacted the week before by Ann Georgian’s family, who said they had not seen her in several days.

Hattiesburg attorney Tom Fortner, who represented Gus Georgian during his initial court appearance, said his client filed the original missing persons report for Ann Georgian.

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