ATLANTA (CBS46) – Two law enforcement officers, including a US Marshal, were charged Tuesday in the death of Jamarion Robinson.
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In 2016, the 26-year-old was shot 76 times by a U.S. Marshal’s Service Task Force. Officers were trying to serve him with an arrest warrant at his girlfriend’s apartment in Eastpoint, when the GBI said “gunshots broke out”.
The task force officers did not carry body cameras, which was the policy at the time.
“If it hadn’t been for my family and I, bringing in my own forensic investigator, I wouldn’t be here today,” Robinson’s mother Monteria said.
The GBI has turned its investigation over to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, but the case has been repeatedly delayed.
On Tuesday, a grand jury handed down an eight-count indictment against Eric Heinze, deputy chief inspector of the US Marshal’s and Kristopher Hutchens, a Clayton County police officer working with the task force. The two men are charged with murder, aggravated assault, burglary, misrepresentation and breach of oath by a public officer.
Monteria Robinson credits District Attorney Fani Willis for bringing the case to a grand jury.
“I am grateful that she had the courage,” she told reporters on Tuesday. “Our former prosecutor, I guess he didn’t have the courage but sometimes it takes a woman to do the job.”
State Representative Erica Thomas presented Robinson with a resolution to honor her son’s life.
“Recognizing April 1, 2021 as a national day of movement for Jamarion Robinson and expressing their deepest and most sincere regret at the events leading up to his passing.”
Robinson has called for prosecutions for his son’s death since it happened, staging protests and keeping his case in the public eye.
“I just think he would say mom, I’m proud of you and I’m fine, because that’s something he always told me.” Mom, I’m fine. Mom, I’m fine.
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