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DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE WELCOMES NEW PROSECUTORIAL STAFF

April 29, 2024

District Attorney Keith Higgins announces the following new hires to the prosecutorial staff of the District Attorney’s Office for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit (BJC).

DA Higgins welcomes Whitney J. Fetzer Gregory to the BJC to assume the duties as Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney responsible for the Glynn County office. Deputy Chief Gregory comes to the BJC from the Eastern Judicial Circuit in Savannah where she also served as a Deputy Chief ADA over the Special Victims Unit. In that capacity, her caseload included adult rapes and sexual assaults, complex domestic violence cases, complex murders, child murders and domestic- and sex-related murders. Previously, Deputy Chief Gregory worked for the Commonwealth Attorney and for the 19th Judicial Circuit Court in Fairfax County, VA and for the federal government as an auditor/certified fraud examiner. One of Deputy Chief Gregory’s many notable prosecutions include a First-Degree Murder (x2) case in VA where the defendant used a .22 caliber rifle to shoot and kill, in cold blood, her mother and sister in their own home, and then staged it to look like a murder-suicide. The motivation was greed, and the defendant was found guilty following a four-week trial and sentenced to two life sentences plus eight years. Deputy Chief Gregory received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School, Arlington, VA; her Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in Accounting with a Minor in Economics, from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; and attended the University of Oxford, Oxford, England, UK, in the Oxford Honours Programme for Undergraduate Studies, Economics.

DA Higgins welcomes Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Melanie Fenley to the staff of the Glynn County office of the BJC. ADA Fenley received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and her Bachelor of Science in Finance from Indiana University (Southeast). ADA Fenley previously prosecuted all types of felony crimes in the Eastern Judicial Circuit in Savannah prior to coming to the BJC, and prior to that she worked in private practice litigating workers compensation claims.

DA Higgins welcomes Assistant District Attorney Sean P. O’Brien to the staff of the Camden County office of the BJC. ADA O’Brien received his Juris Doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, VA, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, with a Minor in Economics, from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. ADA O’Brien previously worked as a Major Crimes Prosecutor in the Eastern Judicial Circuit in Savannah. As such, he prosecuted violent crimes which included murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, home invasion and other violent felonies. ADA O’Brien also worked for the Commonwealth Attorney in Fairfax, VA, in private practice as a defense counsel, and in his own firm.

DA Higgins welcomes Assistant District Attorney Mark J. Blount to the staff of the Appling County/Jeff Davis County Office of the BJC. ADA Blount received his Juris Doctorate from the Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC, and he also attended the University of Michigan Law School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH. ADA Blount is barred in Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee and is a founding partner in his own law firm.

Members of the media with further questions may contact the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office at 912-554-7200.