The District Attorney’s Office for the Toombs Judicial Circuit serves the citizens of Glascock, Lincoln, McDuffie, Taliaferro, Warren and Wilkes Counties.
What We Do.
We promote public safety by delivering quality prosecution services to the citizens of the Toombs Judicial Circuit in a fair and just manner. We are committed to making our communities an even safer place to raise a family and a desirable place to conduct a business. We pursue the truth, safeguard the rights of all and vigorously enforce the law in an equal manner. We will work with every component of the criminal justice system to convict and appropriately punish the guilty, to protect the rights of victims and to protect the innocent.
Who We Are.
The District Attorneys for the Toombs Judicial Circuit acts as the public prosecutor on behalf of the citizens of Glascock, Lincoln, McDuffie, Taliaferro, Warren and Wilkes Counties. Our office prosecutes criminals aggressively, seeks justice for victims of crimes, advocates for the rights of victims and safeguards the rights of the accused in a fair, just, ethical and effective manner.
We are charged with the responsibility of prosecuting all felony violations of State law that occur within the Toombs Judicial Circuit. We also prosecute all misdemeanor violations that are not resolved in either probate or city courts. Juvenile offenders are also prosecuted by our office. We litigate our convictions through the various appellate courts including the Georgia Supreme Court. The Office of Child Support Services is a division of the District Attorney’s Office and processes all child support cases and enforces child support orders, including the prosecution of child support violators. We also work within our communities to prevent and deter crime and to promote public safety.
Bill Doupé was elected to serve as the Toombs Circuit District Attorney in November of 2016 and took office on January 1, 2017. Prior to his election, Bill served over 18 years as a Senior Assistant District Attorney for this circuit. Bill has 28 years of criminal trial experience and has tried a wide variety of cases, including murder, as both a prosecutor and a defense lawyer. Bill firmly believes that what a prosecutor does in the courtroom can and will make our communities a safer place. Bill is active in the community and encourages all of his employees to become involved with the citizens of this circuit outside of the courtroom. Bill has served as a youth sports coach, participant in various youth improvement programs and is the Chairman of the Board for University Hospital McDuffie and is also a board member for University Health Care Systems in Augusta. Bill lives in McDuffie County with his wife Kit and youngest son.
Chief Assistant District Attorney
Rindi R. Harbeson
Rindi R. Harbeson joined the Toombs Judicial Circuit Office of the District Attorney in December of 1999 as an Assistant District Attorney. Prior to that, Rindi graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Emory University and a J.D. from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. Rindi has over 17 years of criminal experience and has been in the Toombs Circuit all of that time. Rindi has primarily been assigned in Lincoln and McDuffie Counties but previously has also served in Glascock County and has handled Asset Forfeitures for all 6 counties in the circuit. In January of 2017, Rindi was named Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Toombs Circuit. She has tried a range of cases from murder to DUI, but declares her true passion in prosecuting involves helping victims of crimes during the prosecution of their case. Rindi lives in McDuffie County with her husband, Lawton, and 2 children.
Senior Assistant District Attorney
Deshala Dixon joined the Toombs Circuit District Attorney in 2017 as a Senior Assistant District Attorney. She has over 12 years of experience dealing with violent criminals and their victims. Prior to working at the Toombs Judicial Circuit, Deshala was the Head of the Special Victims Unit in the Houston Judicial Circuit and a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Macon Judicial Circuit. In 2013, she received one of the highest honors for an attorney in Georgia when she was named one of the “40 Best Attorneys in Georgia Under the Age of 40” by Daily Reports Magazine.
Deshala is a 2004 graduate of Boston College Law School where she received the Wendell F. Grimes Award for Outstanding Work in Advocacy Competitions. She has a Masters in Education from Harvard University and a Bachelors of Arts from Hampton University. Deshala was Chair of the 2013 Georgia State Bar’s High School Mock Trial Competition and remains active with that organization. In her spare time, Deshala is an avid runner and has run several half marathons and won numerous 5Ks. In 2011, she started the Middle Georgia chapter of Black Girls Run! a national running group that encourages women to be physically active. Deshala is married to Carl Murray a Thomson native and a Special Agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Senior Assistant District Attorney
Debra R. Neumann
Debra R. Neumann joined the Toombs Judicial Circuit Office of the District Attorney in July of 2018. She received her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Business Administration degrees from Georgia Southern University and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia. Debra has over thirteen years of criminal experience having worked in the Augusta Judicial Circuit as Chief Assistant Public Defender before transferring to the Toombs Circuit. She has tried a variety of cases including misdemeanors and felonies.
She is a graduate of Leadership Augusta and has served on the Leadership Augusta Alumni Board. She has also served on the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Board and the Augusta Richmond County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Junior League of Augusta and the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity. When Debra is not working, she enjoys golf and traveling with her husband Bill and their three sons.
Tony E. Howard II joined the Toombs Judicial Circuit Office of the District Attorney in January of 2019. He received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Philosophy from North Carolina State University and his Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. Tony has over 8 years of criminal law experience having worked in the Augusta Judicial Circuit as a Senior Associate Public Defender before transferring to the Toombs Circuit. He has tried a variety of cases including misdemeanors and felonies.
Tony is a Professional Natural Body Builder with multiple natural bodybuilding organizations. He typically competes two to three times a year. When Tony is not working, he enjoys weight training and spending time with his family.
S. Tyler Normandia
S. Tyler Normandia joined the Toombs Judicial Circuit Office of the District Attorney in June of 2019. Tyler graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Georgia Southern University and a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. During law school, Tyler gained meaningful experience in criminal law working for a criminal defense attorney. Upon his graduation from law school, Tyler clerked for the Honorable Thomas “Britt” Hammond in the Toombs Judicial Circuit. During this distinguished clerkship, Tyler gained extensive insight into how the court operates, as well as various aspects of criminal litigation.
Tyler is lucky enough to be married to his high school sweetheart, Hailey. Outside of the courtroom, Tyler enjoys playing guitar, going to concerts, and all things Georgia Southern.
James W. Allen
James W. “Jim” Allen joined the Toombs Judicial Circuit Office of the District Attorney in July of 2019 as an Assistant District Attorney. After two years of teaching at Curtis High School in Augusta, Jim graduated with honors with a B.A. in History from the University of Georgia and with a law degree from the University of Georgia School Of Law. Jim has spent most of his career in private practice, working in Augusta, in Atlanta, and in the Seattle area. Jim served five years as a Senior Trial Attorney for the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in its Savannah office before joining the DA’s office here in Thomson. Jim has tried federal and state cases throughout the country, has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in class actions, and served three years with the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps in Bremerton, Washington.
Jim lives in Columbia County with his wife, Susan. Their four children (and four grandchildren) all live in the Augusta area. Jim also serves as the pastor of Pine Grove Baptist Church in McDuffie County.
Our Guiding Principles
In order to fulfill our critical responsibilities to the citizens of the Toombs Judicial Circuit all employees of the District Attorney pledge that they will adopt the highest standards of ethical behavior and professionalism. In order to gain and hold the trust of the public we will strive to uphold the following principles:
- We will treat all people with dignity, respect, honesty and fairness.
- We will cooperate with all groups and organizations with whom we interact.
- We will hold all persons responsible for their actions.
- We will provide ethical, competent and professional service.
- We will treat each other fairly and courteously.
- We will constantly strive to make the criminal justice system run in a smooth and efficient manner. We are mindful that avoidable delays in justice do not help our victims, our communities or those accused of crimes.
- We will be committed to working with other law enforcement officials and governmental agencies, local community organizations, the faith community and the private sector to strengthen crime prevention efforts in the Toombs Judicial Circuit.
- We will endeavor to make our office a supportive, cooperative, efficient and encouraging place to work.
Our Commitment to Community Involvement
The core mission of our entire organization is to promote public safety by delivering quality prosecution services to the citizens of the Toombs Judicial Circuit. However, we recognize that we are also part of our communities and our effectiveness as an office is enhanced through our employees’ community service. We value and encourage community involvement, volunteerism, and participation in community improvement efforts.
We want our communities to view our office as a resource. Should any neighborhood organizations, educational institution, faith-based groups, club, organization or youth group need a speaker, please feel free to contact us and we will match an employee to your needs.