Slaughterhouse Sentencing Delayed AGAIN

Rudolf Bradford has received yet another postponement of his sentencing on six guilty charges.  He was found guilty of running an illegal slaughterhouse on Dec. 14, 2022. His sentencing has been delayed three times.  Assistant Solicitor-General Karen Scott sent the following note:

Over the State’s objection, the court has reset the State v.  Rudolph Bradford to Monday, April 3rd, 2023, at 8:50 am at the DeKalb County Courthouse located at 556 N. McDonough Street, Decatur, Georgia 30030, Courtroom B on the 3rd floor.

On Friday, March 17, 2023 the defense attorney reached out to the Court via e-mail to request a continuance based on a personal emergency. The Court did not set a hearing on the matter, but Judge Purdom addressed that he had received the request during an unrelated court session this morning.

The State expressed its objection,  including  mentioning the planned attendance of members of the public, information that the Defendant continues to operate his business, and that this matter has already been reset twice. Over the State’s objection, the Judge indicated that given the circumstances of the Defendant’s request, he was still going to reset it. As always, I will continue to keep you updated on this matter.

March Updates and Fun Events

You are welcome at the March 18, 10 a.m., meeting.
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Sentencing for Slaughterhouse Owner

The sentencing hearing for Rudolph Bradford will be held March 21, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. This will be an in-person hearing held in Courtroom 8 at the Courthouse Complex located at 3630 Camp Circle. You are welcome to attend.  

On Dec. 14, 2022, in state court, a jury of six found Rudolph Bradford guilty of illegally slaughtering animals in his backyard. His sentencing has been delayed twice.

Rudolph Bradford continues to slaughter animals at 1676 Rice Road, Lithonia, Ga. – more than 200 since he was found guilty in December. Bradford slaughtered 53 animals in his backyard in February 2023, consisting of 7 cattle, 1 pig, 32 goats, and 13 sheep.  The Georgia Department of Agriculture records show that he has slaughtered 5,287 cows, pigs, goats, and sheep since the cease-and-desist order was issued March 19, 2019. 

April 1, 9 a.m., Garden Care at Hairston Park

Calling all volunteers. The Friends of Hairston Park are meeting at 9 a.m. April 1 to spruce up the Serenity Garden area. The address is 889 S. Hairston Road, Stone Mountain.

We’ll also plant more native plants if the weather looks good.  Come see the progress we’ve made! Most of the plants we put in the ground last fall are putting out spring leaves and buds.

New Zoning Signs

Beginning this month, we have much more readable public hearing signs in the County. They are no longer printed by hand, and they are larger. Thank you, Planning Department.

New Trees on N. Hairston

You may have seen some more tree planting on the median, this time on N. Hairston Road near Memorial.  This effort is part of a partnership with TreesAtlanta and DeKalb County. We are grateful for the effort to beautify this important corridor. 

This fall, look for planting opportunities on S. Hairston near Covington Road. We plan to plant 50 trees to beautify a strip near Kings Ridge sometime this fall. 

Get a Tree for Your Front Yard! Deadline March 31

Help increase the urban tree canopy! You can have a hardy overstory tree planted in your front yard for a very low cost through TreesAtlanta. Go to this link to put in an order:

The deadline is March 31, 2023, so act now! 

Commissioner Cochran-Johnson’s battle against dollar stores

is part of a feature in The New York Times. If you missed it, click this link:

DeKalb County E.M.B.A.R.C. Community Youth Farm has exciting programming for youth and the young at heart.

On March 17, 9:45 a.m., there is a Nature Play for Kids.

On April 1, 9:00 a.m., there’s a guided nature hike. 

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