Arrest made months after deadly shooting at NW Atlanta food mart

Fabian Sheats, 37, was taken into custody on an unrelated charge and brought back to Fulton County to face charges of murder, aggravated assault, and weapon possession in the Nov. 13 shooting death of Demario Fielder.According to Atlanta police, Fielder, 39, was shot in the chest outside the Troy Supermarket on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard and later died at a hospital. Investigators believe Fielder was involved in an argument with several other men that escalated to gunfire.n”,”_id”:”https://twitter.com/DeKalbCountyPD/status/1370496630760341514″,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1615859034925},”provider_name”:”Twitter”,”height”:null},”type”:”oembed_response”},{“_id”:”WWDQMRD2IVDGJCFBOV7V5BGMFQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615588644841},”type”:”text”,”content”:”According to the initial investigation, Holland was attacked just after she arrived home around 7:30 p.m. She was returning after visiting family and running errands, she told Channel 2.”},{“_id”:”EJGQ6EVLSJEENIHXK5X3X3WQ2Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615848050903},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I noticed the cat was acting kind of funny — like she heard somebody or something,” Holland said. “And then I heard some steps coming down the hall toward my bedroom. So I started to get up, and then I heard something fall in the den.””},{“_id”:”X3TMATKCBVDIFHGZ4EYKKIWTRY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615848050904},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Holland, a grandmother who has twice survived cancer, left her bedroom and came face to face with the man, leading to a physical altercation.”},{“_id”:”UXEQDQVZZVES5GQ6AXMBQ25LX4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615848050905},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I tried to struggle with him, and he got back behind me, so I couldn’t see him, and he was kind of holding me down. And I really thought he was going to rape me,” Holland told the news station.”},{“_id”:”KBT2HWL5UBARDBXP4B75V6FYUA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615859034930},”type”:”text”,”content”:”She tried to scream for help, but the man began hitting her. From that point on, Holland doesn’t remember much.”},{“_id”:”AWT57OJJTBH5VJGA2IUUXRSCM4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615848050906},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“After that, I must’ve blacked out. The next thing I remember — I had walked over across the street to my neighbor’s house, and I knocked on their door, and they called 911,” Holland said.”},{“_id”:”RX6C3CAMPJDWTG6WZXG3DTL2IE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615848050907},”type”:”text”,”content”:”After Holland escaped to her neighbor’s house, the man was able to leave with her purse and other valuable items, police said.”},{“_id”:”ZBHLRPHCNNBJVAIXC7SGGRKCFU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615590299184},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Holland was taken to the hospital and has since been recovering at a family member’s house. She suffered a broken jaw and other facial fractures, Channel 2 reported.”},{“_id”:”4ERAXIROOZCUTOJ4ZRNERDKPIE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615848050909},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Asked how the man was able to get inside her house, she said she left her door unlocked.”},{“_id”:”C4BKNBZGBJFG3I3NK5NVO7VXWQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615859034935},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I made the mistake. I got in, left the door cracked. I thought the cat was going out,” Holland said.”},{“_id”:”BHGNRQ6J35GEFIOAG4IF5ZJIUA”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”ZHZ66AR3CJGQPFOBMUUPIAH7TA”},”type”:”raw_html”,”content”:””},{“_id”:”RXMVT4JWYBBURJI5ST6YZ5A5VY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615848050911},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I really want to catch the guy. I really want to do whatever, so it doesn’t happen again,” Holland said.”},{“_id”:”5WEDRYUSSFDXVE2LMHOTLJ3MWQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615848050912},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Investigators were able to track Holland’s phone to a location in Norcross, but the signal led them to a landfill, according to Channel 2.”},{“_id”:”4LWI5JOXARGBRI4JXU6JBN3O3Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615848050913},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call Tucker precinct detectives at 678-937-5340 or Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-8477.”}],”display_date”:”2021-03-15T22:48:45.634Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”DeKalb woman, 65, recounts vicious attack, robbery in her home”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-03-12T22:50:37.174Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/news”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”News”,”description”:”Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles – Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”_id”:”/news”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”SectionMap”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”LoggedOutMenu”:null,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”/news/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles – Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”site_title”:”Atlanta GA News | Top News Page”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”News”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”News”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/news”,”ancestors”:{“default”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”BottomNav”:[],”TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”SectionMap”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”LoggedOutMenu”:[]},”order”:{“default”:1001,”TopNavRedesign”:1001,”SectionMap”:1015,”TopNav”:1001,”ComposerNav”:1162}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./news”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/news/crime”,”parent”:{“default”:”/news”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/news”,”name”:”Crime & Public Safety”,”description”:”Crime in Atlanta: News and issues about crime, criminals, police and personal security in metro Atlanta. 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Police have accused the irate customer, identified as Brandon Lee Causey of Newnan, of aggravated assault. Authorities are pursuing additional charges against Causey, accusing him of lying about his identity upon his arrest.”},{“_id”:”NT4RYSKHZNFFZDRWYFW7WRL6BI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615829340604},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Both Causey and the woman were waiting to speak with officers when they arrived at the Bullsboro Drive restaurant shortly after 9 p.m. The woman told police she was sitting in the drive-thru when Causey walked between the building and her door, Newnan city spokeswoman Ashley Copeland said in a news release.”},{“_id”:”XXSR3EDXIJCMFBOXVJTOL36JG4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615829340605},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“(Causey) placed his drinks and other items on top of the vehicle and began arguing with (the woman) for no apparent reason,” Copeland said. “(She) attempted to exit the vehicle, and (Causey) reached inside and began to choke her.””},{“_id”:”CQLJTDPXY5EGTNDTBS6XLBWXSY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615829340606},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The woman tried hitting Causey in the mouth, but he would not release his grip, the spokeswoman said. According to police, he only relented after she grabbed a gun and fired two shots into the air.”},{“_id”:”QKNILQRQ4ZATNFTG2CEJLE67Y4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615829340607},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The woman had injuries consistent with being choked, Copeland said. No one was injured by the gunfire.”},{“_id”:”NW46XRJG2NG7DGMFA5OMGC7OPE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615831582438},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Causey was booked into the Coweta County Jail on the aggravated assault charge. During an investigation, police also determined that the personal information Causey gave to the officers was fake.”},{“_id”:”D6PRJFETXBFHTLTUTK7UWBWSRE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615840624893},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“After further investigation, it has been determined that the suspect in this case has given a false name and date of birth,” Newnan Deputy Chief Mark Cooper said. “The original name given by Causey was his brother’s name.””},{“_id”:”Q4VFVPC5SJA3NDMC2TZ5IJK32Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615840624894},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Police have not stated what other charges Causey will face in the case.”},{“_id”:”4N4MKYD5EJGYBI7V3V4EJE7BKQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615829340609},”type”:”text”,”content”:””},{“_id”:”RJ44UNNRE5HRBC3OJEBPG4PUIA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615829340610},”type”:”text”,”content”:””}],”display_date”:”2021-03-15T20:42:46.851Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Woman fires gun in McDonald’s drive-thru after being choked, officials say”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-03-15T18:17:53.126Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/news”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”News”,”description”:”Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles – Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”_id”:”/news”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”SectionMap”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”LoggedOutMenu”:null,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”/news/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles – Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”site_title”:”Atlanta GA News | Top News Page”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”News”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”News”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/news”,”ancestors”:{“default”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”BottomNav”:[],”TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”SectionMap”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”LoggedOutMenu”:[]},”order”:{“default”:1001,”TopNavRedesign”:1001,”SectionMap”:1015,”TopNav”:1001,”ComposerNav”:1162}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./news”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/news/crime”,”parent”:{“default”:”/news”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/news”,”name”:”Crime & Public Safety”,”description”:”Crime in Atlanta: News and issues about crime, criminals, police and personal security in metro Atlanta. 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Now, nearly 50 years into their existence, it’s not just organized crime figures who find themselves ensnared by the widening reach of racketeering laws.”},{“_id”:”K4AFKYEJGFFJZJJ5LMANHVPAMU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615393006866},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Georgia’s version of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, has been used successfully against street gangs, an assisted suicide network, and a former DeKalb County sheriff who assassinated his political rival.”},{“_id”:”4LM7ZQMB3NCBROOVLAQVYO3USQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615474949648},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Even educators have been targets.”},{“_id”:”OXG65LQVDFDZZAZKUE3M7FMRLQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615513059342},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In 2014, a tough-minded Fulton County assistant district attorney used RICO to secure 11 convictions and 21 guilty pleas from teachers and administrators implicated in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal. That same prosecutor, Fani Willis, now the newly elected district attorney, has indicated she may use RICO again as she investigates allegations of election fraud against former President Donald Trump and some of his most steadfast advisers.”},{“_id”:”FDPOWESM2JEJRBEGOD7WKPTJFM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615579846804},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Willis raised the possibility in letters to top state officials last month as part of her investigation into Trump’s Jan. 2 phone call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and related events. And she recently hired John Floyd, an Atlanta litigator widely considered to be the state’s leading RICO authority. A spokesman insisted Floyd was hired as an adviser and not specifically for the Trump case.”},{“_id”:”YGTJ43GU7FHFFJWV7PWDHYANNE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615579846805},”type”:”text”,”content”:”During the APS trial, Willis provided observers with a window into how broadly she believes the statute can be applied.”},{“_id”:”YMARIOQCDJDKLCRVAT3ZL6ATRY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615579846806},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“You don’t under RICO have to have a formal sit-down dinner meeting where you eat spaghetti,” Willis told jurors in 2014. “But what you do have to do is all be doing the same thing for the same purpose. You all have to be working towards that same goal. 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If charged and convicted of racketeering, a felony, Trump and his associates face a sentence of up to 20 years’ imprisonment in Georgia.”},{“_id”:”IA7Z6GMG5ZEHZEKI7Y27S3BPZI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615396906051},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Nobody knows how all of this fits within our legal framework,” said Jeffrey E. Grell, a Minneapolis-based attorney and law professor who specializes in RICO.”},{“level”:2,”_id”:”IGM3YU5CWNDNJMZTDSVOX2QNNQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615396906052},”type”:”header”,”content”:”It’s a complicated legal tool”},{“_id”:”W2FBRX2WJ5D2NI6NOYGYZ4OZ5Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615396906053},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The federal RICO statute was put on the books in 1970 to specifically target the mob by letting prosecutors roll different crimes together into one case. A decade later, Frank “Funzi” Tieri, don of the notorious Genovese crime family, became the first Mafia boss found guilty on racketeering charges.”},{“_id”:”A2IR5EXVTBBDJL2EGN5NSMUZ4I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615496730135},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Rudy Giuliani, then the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, used the law to indict the heads of New York City’s five major organized crime families in 1985 on charges that included extortion and murder for hire, and did the same against Wall Street financier Michael Milken in 1989.”},{“_id”:”D326AIFF3NC3PKU5YDE6RW6UHE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615496730136},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Giuliani is now being investigated by Willis for false claims he made in testimony before a Georgia Senate committee as Trump’s personal lawyer following the November election.”},{“_id”:”ZJDBLWOQ3RGPVFQYBOOPTC3QZU”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”WN34F2BEMVC5XPJ7DNUQCRAPGU”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”content”:”Fulton DA’s investigation into Trump heads to grand jury”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/crime/fulton-das-investigation-into-trump-heads-to-grand-jury/GI6UQWVVLJGCPMCCBKDES5FJ4Y/”},{“_id”:”5UN6X6GTLRE2HKAPTXQQPOD5FQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836185},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In 1981, Georgia legislators concerned about “the increasing sophistication of various criminal elements,” as the AJC previously reported, enacted their own version of the statute patterned on the federal law.”},{“_id”:”DWLPPWGFS5F57LC7J3QQXT5BIQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615474949666},”type”:”text”,”content”:”It’s an effective tool, say legal observers, but only in the right hands.”},{“_id”:”SV2STVREVBCATDVPOKHKP2HW6M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615481541888},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It’s not as easy to explain to jurors as the substantive underlying crimes,” said Atlanta attorney Esther Panitch, who used a civil version of RICO in a sex abuse lawsuit she filed against the Boy Scouts of America. For Panitch, the racketeering laws provided an avenue to go after the Scouting organization since Georgia’s Hidden Predator Act protected churches and civic groups like the Boy Scouts from financial liability.”},{“_id”:”OCM5MPJBFBEQ3HKSZ7N6ONQV74″,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”AYO73STCHZBETHTXFI5MCLO47Y”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/crime/lawyer-john-floyd-tapped-by-fulton-da-is-a-rico-expert-and-much-more/6EDYNNFOTZE5DPQY2YQKJBJYHQ/”,”content”:”Lawyer John Floyd, tapped by Fulton DA, is a RICO expert and much more”},{“_id”:”B35QO5XR2VC7POD4A6THIDQWS4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615438104173},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In order to be tried under RICO, two offenses — such as theft, bribery, murder, false statements under oath, or witness tampering — must occur. Those crimes must have been committed by two or more persons seeking to control or protect an institution, property or interest.”},{“_id”:”7RXIUF2D5JBJFARIMRHRGPXJZI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615487136462},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It doesn’t have to be a criminal enterprise they’re protecting, like the Boy Scouts or the presidency,” Panitch said. “It can be the methods used to protect that institution which makes it criminal.””},{“_id”:”O2RW4P7TV5D4FLKDKU5DAZ4T34″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615438104180},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Critics say RICO has been exploited by prosecutors, often as a tool to introduce evidence that, without racketeering charges, would not be admissible.”},{“_id”:”CMNI36U7ANFHLLLROAGHFQGPWI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615481541899},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I think it’s been overused for quite a long time,” well before the APS cheating case, said Atlanta criminal defense attorney Steve Sadow.”},{“_id”:”V3I7LCUOPFBFRML7HI6MRNNZZE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836195},”type”:”text”,”content”:”State law defines racketeering more broadly than the federal statute, according to John Banzhaf III, professor of public interest law at George Washington University Law School, who filed complaints asking Willis and other Georgia officials to investigate Trump’s call with Raffensperger”},{“_id”:”XHYLFHCJ3RA6VIPOMZXQHS3SDM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836196},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It makes it somewhat easier, you have to prove less to prove a pattern of racketeering,” he said. “It does not require, unlike the federal one, the existence of a (criminal) enterprise.””},{“_id”:”QYJ3T2FQWNGYVB6O7GLHAHJBYE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615481541902},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Sadow said if Willis goes for RICO charges, she would be able to pursue potential evidence from outside of Georgia in an attempt to prove a wider conspiracy.”},{“_id”:”Y6QVP4OLL5EELLS5UYJOJ7G3EE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615481541903},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“She can make it as broad as she wants,” he said. “There’s just no limit to it.””},{“level”:2,”_id”:”PVXPCWGWNZHILKXTZ75SK5AAGU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836191},”type”:”header”,”content”:”‘No real reason not to’ use RICO”},{“_id”:”JOJGBDHWEFHAFA3R3R72DDTF2E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836192},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Still, most legal observers were surprised when Willis brought up the prospect of a RICO case against Trump. Racketeering is harder to prove than other crimes, they said, so why not focus on something that’s more cut-and-dried so she could secure an easier win?”},{“_id”:”TQFJWI6ICFH6HCGPUD3CAG5LAU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836193},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“In my experience, prosecutors can get in trouble if they make their case too complicated,” said Atlanta attorney David Walbert. “With a complicated case, the evidence may get complicated too.””},{“_id”:”GINVLFKP5BDODKTMEXMLOXDOZQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[{“pos”:127,”comment”:” himself”}],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836194},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Others say the extra work to argue a racketeering case could pay off. Under RICO, a defendant needn’t have committed the crime. A defendant could be convicted because of the person’s association with illegal acts.”},{“_id”:”V3I7LCUOPFBFRML7HI6MRNNZZE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836195},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“There’s no real reason not to,” Sadow said when asked if he thinks Willis will go there. If she does, the Fulton DA would not have to prove Trump knew of all the activities aimed at overturning Georgia’s election results, said Sadow.”},{“_id”:”P7KPLDOEYFEHJISBN3EPPXL5UY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615481541912},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It’s a broadening of culpability,” he said. “People get swept up and charged with criminal activity based on the conduct of others for which they are being held responsible, despite being on the fringes.””},{“_id”:”SLZZQIHUB5BJ7DUBSOYXF7C72E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615481541913},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In a potential Trump prosecution, showing a pattern of such activity over a substantial period of time, as RICO requires, may be the most difficult hurdle to clear.”},{“_id”:”DHOZPFSYB5GINM6RLB4NFD7PMM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836198},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Based on what has been publicly disclosed to this point, the ex-president didn’t pressure Georgia officials until after the November election, and he left office on Jan. 20. Grell, the Minnesota RICO expert, said many courts have interpreted two years as an adequate time frame to establish a pattern, even as they’ve been “reluctant to adopt any kind of bright line rule.””},{“_id”:”FNT33LR6PFGOHBIC66QSVE5ZKA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836199},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Alternately, lawyers could show threats against officials occurred for an “indefinite duration,” but that could be more difficult to prove.”},{“_id”:”FTAMG2P5YZCOLO67TMM2PPFEJU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836201},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Despite that, RICO may still be too juicy a target for prosecutors to avoid. Not only would jail time be on the table, but also the forfeiture of property used in the course of or derived from a convicted person’s racketeering activity. Grell said prosecutors could conceivably bar Trump’s name from appearing on a Georgia ballot again.”},{“_id”:”T5QZKHD6HRB6NJJTAEHVFF3MKU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836203},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Boy, you want to get people pissed off, that would be a really quick way to do it,” he said.”},{“_id”:”VH5VI3EAFFHMRA6P4ZENJ2QEDA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836204},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Staff writer Bill Rankin contributed to this article.”}],”display_date”:”2021-03-15T10:00:00Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Fulton DA’s comfort with racketeering law could influence Trump probe”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-03-15T10:00:00Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/news/crime”,”parent”:{“default”:”/news”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/news”,”name”:”Crime & Public Safety”,”description”:”Crime in Atlanta: News and issues about crime, criminals, police and personal security in metro Atlanta. 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He also didn’t know that the briefing he was about to receive would put him on a track to become the state’s go-to guy on racketeering cases.”},{“_id”:”2IDS6XFHVJFVTB4PX5PFPU6XIE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615500330039},”type”:”text”,”content”:”During the lengthy presentation, in December 1996, Floyd was told two Medical College of Georgia researchers had diverted millions of dollars that should have gone to the college into their own personal accounts.”},{“_id”:”C5R4WX2BUBAXDIUOKRYRX7NXWM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615500330040},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Then-Attorney General Mike Bowers said he had two questions: Can you indict this under the state’s RICO statute? 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Floyd later obtained his undergraduate degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, majoring in history, before attending Emory University law school.”},{“_id”:”UUW4UGAMRNGGXF2WTKHHMR7Z7U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615404649657},”type”:”text”,”content”:”After that, he spent two years as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge William O’Kelley. 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A 15-year-old, who was injured when a bullet grazed his ear, was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, the report said.”},{“_id”:”EA2FE2GX25D5XC3JIFPYT22JDM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615376237306},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Investigators believe the shooting targeted Todd in retaliation for a separate shooting in a nearby neighborhood, according to the police report.”},{“_id”:”YWL4YLO4OJEB7DLNK74UXR2O54″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615376237307},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Atlanta police are asking anyone who knows the men in the photos or has any additional information about the shooting to contact Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta. Tips can be made anonymously by calling 404-577-8477 or online at www.stopcrimeatl.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous and still be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.”},{“_id”:”QGKEC4E37ZGBRBW6C4IOREZD7U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615376237308},”type”:”text”,”content”:”— Please return to AJC.com for updates.”}],”display_date”:”2021-03-10T11:54:25.009Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Suspects sought in NW Atlanta shooting that injured 1 adult, 2 children”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-03-10T03:47:03.218Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/news”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”News”,”description”:”Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles – Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”_id”:”/news”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”SectionMap”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”LoggedOutMenu”:null,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”/news/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles – Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”site_title”:”Atlanta GA News | Top News Page”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”News”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”News”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/news”,”ancestors”:{“default”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”BottomNav”:[],”TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”SectionMap”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”LoggedOutMenu”:[]},”order”:{“default”:1001,”TopNavRedesign”:1001,”SectionMap”:1015,”TopNav”:1001,”ComposerNav”:1162}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./news”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/news/crime”,”parent”:{“default”:”/news”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/news”,”name”:”Crime & Public Safety”,”description”:”Crime in Atlanta: News and issues about crime, criminals, police and personal security in metro Atlanta. 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In 2019, they wrote the Justice Department asking for documents but were initially rebuffed, the sheriff said. 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Racial and class divides — Johnson was Black and working class, while the Bells are white and affluent — have fueled the controversy over Johnson’s death.”},{“level”:2,”_id”:”X6E54A5NDFB6DOOJ3ZD4HLSPCE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615332560917},”type”:”header”,”content”:”‘It is what it is’”},{“_id”:”ABZ574DJTVFGTA4B3LYNG5ZQTY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615332560918},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Karen Bell, mother of Brian and Branden Bell, said she was disappointed with Paulk’s decision but wasn’t surprised.”},{“_id”:”TPS4N67JQND2RELCY4AEYWXH2Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615332560919},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I just keep waiting for someone to be honest with (the Johnsons),” she said. “But it doesn’t look like that’s ever going to happen.””},{“_id”:”UA6W33E4LFDKJI5W7FDYA3EQQ4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615332560920},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Her sons continue to live under a cloud of suspicion despite FBI video analysis that showed Brian Bell and Hall were in different areas of the school campus during the time in question.”},{“_id”:”QTXE6MUIN5HKLOVBIG4MDWAEVA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615332560921},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Branden Bell, meanwhile, was participating in a wrestling tournament in Macon at the time.”},{“_id”:”BVF5F5POYNAPREYRRT5V6VEMF4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615332560922},”type”:”text”,”content”:”That analysis, collected from campus surveillance cameras, included time stamps that adjusted discrepancies between multiple video systems that had not been synchronized, according to the FBI.”},{“_id”:”FJUWPBLFY5AGTDOQNUHPBKTE4M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615332560923},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“You want to go on the top of a mountain and scream, ‘Look, people, the evidence is there,’” Karen Bell said. “But it is what it is.””},{“_id”:”5BQ2PM2G6JFY7NECWIOELN5Y3Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615332560924},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Paulk said he doesn’t consider the Bell brothers or Hall to be suspects.”},{“_id”:”LIYVS4LTOZAQFNW2B52YZI57QY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615332560925},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“There are no suspects because we haven’t made a determination as to whether or not this was murder,” he said.”},{“level”:2,”_id”:”JJQRM3LWTBEHLCV3YPJNFP7344″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615332560926},”type”:”header”,”content”:”‘Answers of clarification’”},{“_id”:”Y3TDUZULJBFBDMHVOPX7NQ35KA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615337937476},”type”:”text”,”content”:”But not everyone in the Sheriff’s Office appears to be on the same page.”},{“_id”:”ISDJ4UP2KNEMHM6YEVAS37ZNUI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615337937477},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In an email sent last week, Capt. 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Monroe County Superior Court has already scheduled its first jury trial for March 22, said Lindsey Taylor, clerk of court.”},{“_id”:”XC6ZFMVUE5FDLDZJDVZICJHGHI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615292688234},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In an upcoming public service announcement, Melton will call on Georgians to show up for jury service.”},{“_id”:”LWXV5RTR3RBERJMYZ2RVQ4RCPQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615292688235},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“You and every citizen of Georgia are critical to this process because we cannot conduct a trial by jury without jurors, without you,” he says. “We have put into place the most rigorous safety protocols available.””},{“_id”:”GY2UKEWPKNAJZHXSMDMOEWOD2Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615320188144},”type”:”text”,”content”:”They include screening, temperature checks, masks, plexiglass barriers, touch-free evidence technology, constant surface cleaning and the reconfiguration of courtrooms and jury spaces to ensure social distancing.”}],”display_date”:”2021-03-09T20:34:14.678Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Chief justice allows jury trials to begin anew during pandemic”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-03-09T16:10:27.699Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/news/crime”,”parent”:{“default”:”/news”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/news”,”name”:”Crime & Public Safety”,”description”:”Crime in Atlanta: News and issues about crime, criminals, police and personal security in metro Atlanta. 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Georgia’s Peace Officers and Standards Training Council (POST), following a yearlong audit of the GSP’s training system, issued a nearly 8,000-page report clearing all but one of the 32 fired troopers.”},{“_id”:”QG3VG6HYDRDXLORMIGNEG47ITI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615232082500},”type”:”text”,”content”:”So how did two sets of investigators, working with largely the same set of facts, reach such divergent conclusions?”},{“level”:2,”_id”:”THAIHW3PTJHQ7AUUD27KORK2YM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615145430087},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Evidence overlooked”},{“_id”:”MOS7WB4GUJBY5IDWMF7TQYGU7M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615096436194},”type”:”text”,”content”:”It would be four months before the GSP launched its probe of its newest class of troopers. The ex-girlfriend of one of the troopers told his supervisors she took the speed detection exam for him. 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He had taken the test before, while training for another job in law enforcement.”},{“_id”:”7UFF3CA5BVBHDLNJ7EPL24CHMU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615232082517},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“There was a group of us that kinda sat down on the balcony and all took the test together,” Anderson said, according to the GSP report. “Trooper Justice was beside me giving me the answers.””},{“_id”:”JVV4Y4ZOPJC33NI4GDXLBLHQCQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615232082518},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Justice told POST investigators he was never told directly to help his classmates, but felt he was a resource his classmates could use.”},{“_id”:”HVG25F2HWZB5LIJUSB3OAFOBUQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615232082519},”type”:”text”,”content”:”But some of the former troopers would acknowledge, under questioning, that they weren’t blameless.”},{“_id”:”X22IO5NGZJCIJMZQAC2JTQQI64″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615232082522},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I mean, looking back now, it was probably something that we took from the mouth of the instructors and someone not misinterpreted but maybe twisted it into believing, ‘Hey, it’s OK if we do this,’” former trooper Pudder said.”},{“_id”:”LYS2PNOFZJHBJHSHS3PBQWVPRE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615232082523},”type”:”text”,”content”:”GSP investigator Jason Ellis replied, “A good word for that to me would be rationalized.””},{“_id”:”WXDQ4EERKBET3LFL25SFFGYPO4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615244970730},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Former trooper Daysi Ramirez was even more direct in her interview with Ellis.”},{“_id”:”BQO2RJLZHRHWTOB6GNCXY7Y5I4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615244970731},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It is cheating at the end of the day,” Ramirez said.”},{“_id”:”QWG3YDIYIBETJPYPFIVKKRKDA4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615232082524},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Still, it’s clear the message from their instructors was, at best, muddled.”},{“_id”:”PR6SL2A7X5FD5I4ZLZ3MKOPM5M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615133463786},”type”:”text”,”content”:”At first, when speaking with GSP investigators, Parker was adamant that he never encouraged the cadets to “use their resources.””},{“_id”:”J6IL7U3F7JDT5IOXNBNVHZD6XU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615133463808},”type”:”text”,”content”:”He later backtracked.”},{“_id”:”YGBPT2LJPNGIDKIDNYMCCWUGCE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615133463809},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Did I say it? 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Kemp had been looking to make a change, and now the governor had an opening.”},{“_id”:”6Z2E3FHL5RFKDBLHWE2YGO5V7Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615133463816},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“The person at the top is ultimately responsible,” McDonough said in an interview with the AJC just before his dismissal.”},{“_id”:”UOJPYGUIJBE5VDS5Z25WBT3T44″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615133463817},”type”:”text”,”content”:”But it was clear the former Marine combat pilot was unimpressed with the recent crop of troopers.”},{“_id”:”2RGWVIXHQRFLLCUPHIMSSXMTYM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615133463818},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Adolescence has been extended in our society,” McDonough said.”},{“_id”:”UAL2VI5E5BEUFOX2XPXT5QEBMM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615133463820},”type”:”text”,”content”:”But because qualified troopers were harder to come by, McDonough said the GSP was forced to make training more accommodating. For the first time, online testing was allowed.”},{“_id”:”ATAOK7YBJFA23H4QM2ZBABJ2JQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615133463821},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In an interview last month, McDonough told the AJC he stands by his decision to fire the troopers.”},{“_id”:”YF2FNGX5IFAHJLDBKHMNUKKDQE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615133463822},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“The evidence was pretty clear-cut,” he said. “I think we did the right thing based on the information we had at the time.””},{“_id”:”TAJLTPHPLVDU7D5FV4QSYV2WR4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615133463823},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Since the GSP’s report was issued, 28 troopers have filed whistleblower lawsuits against their former employer, according to lawyer Jeff Peil, who represents two of the plaintiffs.”},{“_id”:”OGHOA5KIQZFKJBMRQHXCP64C5U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615232082539},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The GSP, now led by Charles Wright, declined comment, citing pending civil litigation. The governor and lieutenant governor also declined interview requests.”},{“level”:2,”_id”:”UFPS5A7MJBCY3K5A3K3EVHPP2E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615232082540},”type”:”header”,”content”:”‘More about intent’”},{“_id”:”QG3VG6HYDRDXLORMIGNEG47ITI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615232082541},”type”:”text”,”content”:”POST executive director Mike Ayers opens with a caveat. His agency, he claims, decertifies more officers than any other state in the nation.”},{“_id”:”RIJLRH36BVCLVKMLU2YP45NT3A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615232082542},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In this investigation, the certifications of two instructors and a cadet from the 106th class were revoked. Their names were not disclosed due to an ongoing appeals process.”},{“_id”:”NO5YMX564ZFWPJMXSCJGEKZQFY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615232082544},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“When we started the investigation I didn’t think it was just an integrity question,” Ayers told the AJC. “To me, it was more about intent. They thought they were doing what was asked of them. There was no intent to do anything improper.””},{“_id”:”GQIKRAX6FFG55BMYSWLW65MN3M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615233882603},”type”:”text”,”content”:”POST, said Ayers, deserved much of the blame. Since the scandal, the organization has implemented major changes to the training process, he said. The speed detection exam is once again proctored, for example. The 106th class wasn’t the first to use a collaborative approach for the test, investigators found, a key component of their probe.”},{“_id”:”FUKLZ4ZMLNAJRI3VONFBLL7B5A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615133463795},”type”:”text”,”content”:”GSP investigators, according to POST, was aware of the allegations against the 104th and 105th classes. But their focus remained on the 106th class, with the assumption that cheating had occurred.”},{“_id”:”YDADABPRPNG2ZADZK24HPSC6QI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615133463796},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It’s conspiracy, is what it’s called in the criminal investigative world,” GSP investigator Ellis told one of the cadets. “You know, if you work a criminal case and you have two or more people talking … two or more folks planning … that’s called conspiracy.””},{“_id”:”4JL6RN4AVZAWJCKVROVMQHXZS4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615232082548},”type”:”text”,”content”:”For one year, that was the impression Cordell, 32, and his fellow troopers had to live with. They were portrayed as a bunch of lazy millennials who cheated and schemed their way into a job.”},{“_id”:”6V2OMRE3ENAB3FIO3AQMUI43SQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615233882607},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“That’s not who I am,” said Cordell, who found a new occupation but still feels shortchanged that his dream to be a trooper was derailed.”},{“_id”:”G35S4Z4QARDBBBRCZEST6INS6U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615233882608},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It still stings,” he said. “It didn’t have to happen.””},{“level”:2,”_id”:”ZUUUYBMRVNAGRITQTM5EPP4NCI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615333851313},”type”:”header”,”content”:”ABOUT OUR REPORTING”},{“_id”:”YFHPJIXGGVBN7A4IIW2PM22VFE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615333851314},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The news that Georgia’s Peace Officer Standards and Training Council had reinstated credentials for 32 fired Georgia State Patrol troopers came as a surprise. 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Multiple witnesses at the scene when police arrived were taken to police headquarters for questioning, Flynn said.”},{“_id”:”G6LETXQM3JHKLNHLBJ47N5IMDE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1614957542621},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Investigators are obviously pursuing every avenue and every lead in this case, and we hope to have a quick resolution to make an arrest,” he said.”},{“_id”:”67FS3DQCSNFVFABCPSYAIELOSI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1614957542622},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 770-513-5300. 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