BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Commissioner James Brooks walked out of the Glynn County Jail Friday afternoon without saying a word.
His attorney Alan Tucker said, "He's free for the weekend to attend church and spend Easter with his family."
The lawmaker is now an accused law breaker, after police say he interfered with their investigation into the murder of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago.
The alleged incident happened Monday outside the Glynn Co. Courthouse. Our cameras caught the commissioner walking out with Karimah Elkins, the mother of one of the teenagers accused of killing the baby.
Police say when they tried to talk to Elkins, Brooks stood in their way, advising her not to say a word.
"It wasn't his intent to interfere with the investigation," said Tucker. "What he was trying to do, at the point in time that he was approached in the courthouse, was just telling these folks that you have the right to remain silent. Don't talk to police unless you have an attorney present."
Then the tide started to turn. Hours after Elkins and Brooks left the courthouse Monday, Elkins was arrested. Police have since charged Karimah, Katrina, and Sabrina Elkins with lying to police and helping hide the alleged murder weapon.
Pastor Kenneth Adkins, a friend of Brooks' said, "It is my hope that, and my prayer really, that this was hopefully not an intentional act. But just being overly caring."
Friends believe Brooks was duped by the Elkins family. That at the time, he was trying to protect the family of two kids whose may have been wrongly accused.
Tucker said, "He's sorry for the inconvenience. He's sorry for the embarrassment of the community. It wasn't his intent to embarrass his community. He was just trying to look out for some of his constituents, who unfortunately, it appears that weren't worthy of bring looked out for."
As a condition of his bond, Brooks is to have no contact with anyone connected to the Santiago murder investigation.
He issued an apology saying he was not aware the Elkins family had been lying.