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Pivotal day looms in Anthony Hill shooting case

DECATUR, Ga. -- Thursday is a big day in the Anthony Hill police-shooting case in DeKalb County.

The district attorney will ask a Grand Jury to indict the officer for murder.

The night before, supporters of Hill continued their 24-hour-a-day vigil.

Supporters who have been camping outside the courthouse since Monday know that Grand Juries in Georgia rarely indict police officers accused of killing someone in the line of duty.

Photos | Anthony Hill

“It’s sad,” Hill's mother Carolyn Giummo said.

Giummo just arrived in Atlanta with others in her family, from Charleston, confident, she said, that District Attorney Robert James will convince this Grand Jury to indict officer Robert Olsen for murder.

“I’m very happy that he decided to seek an indictment," Giummo said. "It’s up to the Grand Jury, but he’s taken that step towards that.  And that’s a lot, right there.”

It was in March of 2015 when Olsen shot and killed Hill supposedly in fear for his own life - in self-defense.

Hill was naked, unarmed and an Air Force veteran who had served in Afghanistan. His family said he was dealing with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Photos | Anthony Hill Shooting

A civil Grand Jury heard evidence against Officer Olsen and ended up with a split decision and recommended that the district attorney look deeper into the case.

And two weeks ago the DA announced he would ask a criminal Grand Jury to indict the officer for murder and aggravated assault.

Officer Olsen has the right, under Georgia law, to sit in the Grand Jury room and hear all of the evidence and testimony against him and then, under oath, make a statement. The district attorney is not allowed to say anything in response. The officer gets the last word before the Grand Jury deliberates.

And partly as a result, Grand Juries in Georgia usually side with the police officers. Police officers in Georgia are almost never prosecuted.

Out of 51 police-involved shootings that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has investigated in the past 10 years, only one case has ever made it to trial.

11Alive has not been able to contact Officer Olsen or his attorney for comment.

Hill’s mother was grateful for the support of people she’d never met who want the officer indicted.

“And it lets us know that we’re not alone - that they’re supporting us - and I just appreciate everyone,” she said.


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