Judge: Jurors in officer’s trial have decision on 2 charges
WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — Jurors are still deliberating one of three charges in the manslaughter trial of a former Georgia police officer who fatally shot a fleeing, unarmed man.
White ex-officer Zechariah Presley faces up to 20 years in prison if he’s convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Tony Green, who was black. He also faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and violation of oath of office.
Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett returned to the courtroom Saturday afternoon with a message from the jury. Scarlett says the jury has reached a decision on two of three charges and will continue deliberating the last charge.
Presley was a Kingsland police officer when Green fled a June 2018 traffic stop. A foot chase ended with a brief struggle. Then Presley shot Green eight times.