Murder Witness Discusses Being Labeled a 'Snitch' | News
Macon Police are battling what they call the "Code of Silence." That's when people refuse to report crimes.
One woman says she understands why some people decide to keep quiet.
Jane Duncan says in 2003 when Dennis Grimes told her and a friend he'd killed a man, she didn't know what to do.
"To be honest, I prayed about it," said Duncan. "I even called Crimestoppers to report it and they placed me on hold, and when they placed me on hold, I honestly lost my nerve."
When she finally talked with police, she says she asked to remain anonymous, but that didn't happen.
She ended up wearing a wire tap while talking to her friend about the crime.
That led to the killer finding out she'd talked to police, caused her to be placed under protective custody, and left her without a place to live.
"I never regretted doing the right thing. I just regretted how things turned out, how they did me," said Duncan. "You can't continue to ask people to come forward, put, you know, life and limb on the line."
Duncan says she decided she didn't want to testify, but in the end, she did, and helped put Grimes behind bars for the rest of his life.
He was convicted in 2004 of the murder of Ronnie Davis.
"No one like that deserves to be walking on the streets, so for those who call me a snitch, you can always call me a snitch, but I still know in my heart of hearts I did the right thing," said Duncan.
According to the Department of Corrections, Grimes is being held at Telfair State Prison serving a life sentence without parole.
Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Bobbitt said Duncan did testify for the prosecution and she was put up in a hotel for a period of time.