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Prosecutor: Ex-officer guilty of `fatal mistake’ in shooting


Oct. 03, 2019

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Kingsland Police Department shows Officer Zechariah Presley. A law enforcement expert says he believes Presley was justified in fatally shooting a man whom prosecutors say was unarmed and fleeing. Defense attorneys for former Kingsland officer Zechariah Presley rested their case Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, after testimony from forensic criminologist Ron Martinelli. Presley is being tried on a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the June 2018 slaying of Tony Green.(Kingsland Police Department via AP, File) less
WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — A prosecutor says a jury should convict a former police officer of voluntary manslaughter for a “fatal mistake” in which he shot a fleeing, unarmed man who “did not deserve to die.”
The trial of Zechariah Presley ended Thursday afternoon with a closing argument by prosecutor Rocky Bridges.
Presley was working as a Kingsland police officer when he shot Tony Green eight times in after a June 2018 traffic stop in Camden County. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation concluded Green was running away when the officer opened fire.
Defense attorney Adrienne Browning criticized investigators for second-guessing Presley’s split-second decision to shoot a man he perceived as a deadly threat.
Presley testified Wednesday that he feared for his life after a struggle in which Green grabbed for his Taser and gunbelt.
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