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MARTA board member pleads 'not guilty'

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

Edmond Wall, 45, a former investment advisor to the Clayton County government, has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of public indecency.

Wall's attorney, Steve Sadow, said Wall made the plea on Monday, when he entered a written waiver for an arraignment that would have taken place in State Court Tuesday morning, at the Clayton County Courthouse.

Wall, who is currently a board member for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), is charged with lewd exposure of his sexual organs in the public restroom at Houlihan's Restaurant, located at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, on March 13, 2007, according to court records.

A plain-clothed officer observed Wall allegedly participating in a sex act with co-defendant, Michael Pettry, according to court documents.

Pettry, 26, pleaded nolo contendere on Feb. 19, to a public indecency charge in the case. Pettry was sentenced to 12 months probation, 64 hours of community service, and a $500 fine.

Wall was arrested the day of the alleged incident and was freed on a $2,000 bond.

"We have already requested a trial with a jury," said Sadow, concerning the case against Wall. Sadow said Wall's legal team filed a motion in State Court Monday seeking further specification on the charge against him. He said that hearing is scheduled to go before Judge John Carbo on April 28.

On Jan. 6, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners fired wall from the position of county investment banker. Wall served in the role, off and on, for about 20 years.

Wall, who has served on the MARTA board since 2002, resigned as MARTA board chairman in the wake of the public indecency charge.