Police Cost of Runaway Bride $60,000; Decision on Charges Weeks Away


Duluth, Ga., Mayor Shirley Lasseter said Monday the police search for “runaway bride” Jennifer Wilbanks cost the city about $60,000, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She said the city is looking into the possibility of suing Wilbanks for the cost. “We feel a tad betrayed and some are very hurt about it,” Lasseter said.

The Wilbanks family has gone into hiding. But the jilted groom, John Mason, went on Fox TV to say that he still wants to marry her. “Hey, we all mess up,” he said. Meanwhile, Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter said his office will likely take weeks to determine whether to charge runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks with any crime. Porter said he believes his office has jurisdiction to charge Wilbanks. Authorities in Albuquerque denied that Wilbanks was given special treatment when she was escorted by officers through a pack of reporters, her head covered with a blanket, and put on a plane.

Link: http://www.ajc.com/news/content/metro/gwinnett/0505/02fallout.html

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