Two Left in Madison Nine Case As Charges Against Jada Woods Williams Are DismissedApr 11th, 2013 | By Lynette | Category: Front Page
In a Leon County Courtroom, Wednesday, April 10, Judge Augustus Aikens filed a motion to dismiss all charges against former Madison County Supervisor of Elections Jada Woods Williams.
Williams, along with eight other individuals, was arrested in November of 2011 in a voter fraud investigation stemming from a 2010 school board race with an unusually high number of absentee ballots in one precinct. The group of nine people became known as the “Madison Nine,” and Williams, as Supervisor of Elections, was charged with 17 counts of neglect of duty, a misdemeanor.
As the investigation wound its way through the legal system, charges were dismissed against several of those involved, until there were only three left: Jada Woods Williams, former school board member Abra “Tina” Johnson, and her husband.
With the dismissal of the charges against Woods, the Madison Nine has become the Madison Two.
Williams was suspended from office by Gov. Rick Scott shortly after the arrests in November 2011, and subsequently lost a re-election bid in November of 2012.
Woods’ attorney, Matt Foster, said that there was no evidence his client had committed a crime, and that she had been completely exonerated by the dismissal of the case.
“The hard part is going to be putting her life back together, and moving forward. This has been very difficult, but anyone who knows Jada will tell you she is a fighter and will find a way to get back on her feet.”
Woods is now the Dean of Students at Madison County High School.