FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Two police officers pleaded not guilty Tuesday to several charges related to a deadly shooting that killed a 26-year-old man.
Police shot and killed Jamarion Rashad Robinson on Aug. 5, 2016 as they served warrants for him out of Atlanta and Gwinnett County.
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The U.S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force tracked Robinson to his girlfriend’s apartment in East Point.
Officers say he had a gun and refused to put it down.
Autopsy reports show Robinson was shot 76 times.
Investigators believed Robinson fit the description of someone who pointed a gun at Atlanta police officers just days earlier.
Eric Heinze, an assistant chief inspector with the U.S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, and Kristopher Hutchens, a Clayton County police officer working with the task force, were indicted in October on charges of felony murder, aggravated assault, making false statements and violation of oath by a public officer.
Heinze and Hutchens pleaded not guilty Tuesday during a virtual hearing in Fulton County.
Robinson had been a college football player at Clark Atlanta University and Tuskegee University, and had no criminal convictions.
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Robinson’s family said today is a new step in their push for justice.
“You know I do want a conviction so I can put this behind me and eventually have some sort of peace,” said Monteria Robinson, Jamarion’s mother.
There is no body-camera video of the shooting. At the time, federal policies did not allow U.S. Marshals or local police officers assisting them to wear body cameras. Cell phone video from outside the apartment where the shooting took place captured nearly three minutes of gunfire.
Heinze and Hutchens are out on bond.
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