Two of three local soldiers charged with tossing training grenades into a crowd at a Dawson County parking lot this summer have been released on bond.
Staff Sgt. Jeremy Wade Morgan, 34, of Dawsonville and Spc. Nicholas Gregory Wendt, 25, of Dahlonega each posted $30,000 bond late last week.
The soldiers, both stationed at Camp Frank D. Merrill in Dahlonega, had been in Dawson County custody since Aug. 8, when they were arrested along with a third suspect, Sgt. Thomas Daniel Campbell, 21, of Dahlonega.
On Sept. 13, a Dawson County grand jury indicted the three men on 16 counts of aggravated assault, possession of a destructive device with intent to intimidate and cruelty to children in the first and second degree.
Morgan was also indicted on false statements, while Campbell faces several traffic violations, including fleeing and attempting to elude.
The Dawson County District Attorney’s office had previously dismissed charges of domestic terrorism against the men.
Campbell remains in custody without bond at the Dawson County Detention Center.
According to court records, Morgan and Wendt must follow strict bond conditions, which include living in the barracks at the Ranger camp.
They must be “confined to the post and shall not leave unless accompanied by a supervising officer.”
A duty officer “shall check on defendant every two hours when the defendant is not on duty.”
They also may not possess any weapons and are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
The men were arrested following a brief chase on Ga. 400.
Deal initially set bonds for Morgan and Wendt at $200,000 during an Aug. 19 bond hearing.
During that hearing, Dawson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Goodie said the three soldiers had been drinking alcohol when they left Morgan’s Dawsonville home about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 7.
Witnesses said the men cruised through the Ingles parking lot three times before tossing two grenade simulators, typically used in military training, within about 40 feet of the crowd.
Goodie testified that the first exploded near the gathering, while the second one did not detonate.
According to an Army spokesman, the soldiers should not have had the devices.
The Army is conducting its own investigation.
No court date has been set.