Police officer Mitchell Brock now on administrative leave without pay pending termination

The Columbus police officer accused of trying to influence a witness in his brother’s murder case is now formally on administrative leave without pay.

Mitchell Brock — a Columbus police officer since January 2009 — was indicted Tuesday on charges of influencing a witness and attempted influencing a witness.

His brother James Brock, 24, also was indicted Tuesday. He faces charges including murder and aggravated assault in connection with the October 2009 deaths of Tyesha A. McNair and Terence J. Clark.

Mitchell Brock had been placed on administrative leave with pay earlier this month, though he received paperwork this morning informing him that he is now on administrative leave without pay pending his termination, said Police Chief Ricky Boren.

Mitchell Brock remained in the Muscogee County Jail Wednesday afternoon on $10,000 bonds.

The indictment accuses Mitchell Brock of trying to influence a witness on Oct. 27, 2009, when he contacted the International House of Pancakes about an employee. Mitchell Brock allegedly led people to believe he was acting as a police officer in an investigation on a witness in the case against his brother.

The indictment also states that Mitchell Brock drove by the home of another witness on Nov. 13, 2009, and made shooting motions with his hands toward the witness and his family in an effort to dissuade him from testifying.

James Brock is accused of fatally shooting McNair and Clark, both 21. Clark was discovered in the parking lot in front of 5224 Crystal Court Apt. B. He had multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and arm, reports state.

McNair was in the living room of Apt. D with multiple gunshot wounds to her head.