Sherry Boston, DeKalb County’s newly-elected District Attorney, has assembled a new team of attorneys to prosecute the case against former DeKalb County Police Officer Robert Olsen.
In January 2016 Olsen, a White police officer, was charged with two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, two counts of violation of oath by public officer and making a false statement, for his involvement in the shooting death of 27-year-old veteran Anthony Hill.
Hill was killed during a police encounter outside an apartment complex on Chamblee Tucker Road on March 9, 2015. Olsen responded to a call of a naked man acting erratic outside of the complex. Hill, who was unarmed, was shot by Olsen. Hill’s family said he suffered from mental health issues.
The lead prosecutor in the case will be Chief Assistant District Attorney Pete Johnson. The team of prosecutors will also include Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Anna Cross, Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Lance Cross, and Senior Assistant District Attorney Buffy Thomas. According to a release from the DA’s office, Boston introduced the team to the Hill’s family during a case briefing.
Civil rights activist Amos King, a friend of the Hill family, said the family does not believe Olsen was acting in a racist manner when he shot Hill, however they do believe a lack of training led to Hill’s death.
“He just failed to do his job, according to his training. [The Hill family is] holding on to the due process and we’re going to wait and see what happens,” King said. “This guy should be convicted, according to the law, but you never know what will happen. The family is just waiting right now.”
The case is currently on appeal in the Georgia Supreme Court.
“There’s nothing the family can do but wait. People give them information so they have to go on what the D.A.’s office calls and tells them,” King said. “They seem upbeat about it and they realize it’s a process.”
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