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Indicted APS educators bond out, await next step

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Former APS Superintendent Beverly Hall leaves Fulton County Jail after bonding out on April 2, 2013. Former APS Superintendent Beverly Hall leaves Fulton County Jail after bonding out on April 2, 2013.
ATLANTA -

All of the accused educators charged in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal have bonded out of jail.

Former D.H. Stanton principal Willie Davenport was the last of the 35 accused to surrender at Fulton County Jail. The 42-year-old had been turned away earlier Wednesday because there were too many errors in her warrant.

"The jail personnel realized that the warrant that was issued for her arrest was actually issued for a black male with a different Social Security number. Obviously, they couldn't take her on that warrant," said Bob Rubin, Davenport's attorney.

Rubin says the confusion put Davenport, who is currently battling cancer, on pins and needles.

Prosecutors allege the 35 defendants of participating in a criminal cheating enterprise that included bonuses for phony scores on the 2009 CRCT tests.

CLICK HERE TO SEE MUG SHOTS OF APS EDUCATORS INDICTED

The list of those indicted includes former national superintendent of the year Dr. Beverly Hall, who turned herself in late Tuesday. Hall faces four charges, including violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, false statements and writings, false swearing and theft by taking. She posted $200,000 bond was released late Tuesday.

The next step for these educators will be an arraignment before a judge. That is when they will enter a plea before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter, who will preside over the cases and set those court dates.

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF THOSE INDICTED AND THEIR CHARGES

Defense attorney Bruce Harvey said he is ready to peel back the accusations and get to the truth.

"These folks have been under this cloud for years. This is their opportunity now to come to the public and defend themselves finally," Harvey said.

Harvey says he wants Hall, his client Clarietta Davis and the 33 others to be tried just like they were indicted -- together as one case.

A judicial case manager said that arraignments will likely happen at the end of April.

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