Former APD detective in court docket for taking pictures, killing teen loses bid for immunity; trial to return – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA — A Fulton County decide determined Thursday {that a} former police officer won’t be granted immunity after he shot and killed a young person who was stealing his unmarked patrol automobile.

Now, the case goes to a Fulton County jury.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes was on the courthouse to talk to the teenager’s dad and mom after the listening to.

The teenager’s dad and mom mentioned the decide’s choice was a victory for them, one they’ve been ready 5 years to obtain.

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Through the years, they’ve needed to study if the previous detective who killed their son would go to trial or not.

Now a jury will determine if he’s responsible of felony homicide.

“It’s just the start so, I’m gonna pray. I’m gonna pray that we get the justice we want,” Gaysha Glover, the sufferer’s mom informed Channel 2 Motion Information.

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Glover’s feelings had been held again in the course of the listening to on Thursday morning, however she couldn’t maintain them in anymore whereas chatting with Fernandes outdoors the courtroom.

“It’s onerous for me, I don’t know, it’s emotionally onerous for me,” Glover mentioned.

On Oct. 28, 2019, Glover’s son D’Ettrick Griffin had simply turned 18. He was on the similar gasoline station in Southwest Atlanta as a then-Atlanta Police Division detective, Oliver Simmonds, who was off responsibility on the time. Based on investigators, Griffin tried to steal the detective’s unmarked patrol automobile.

Simmonds testified on the listening to Thursday, the place a decide had to decide on whether or not or to not grant him immunity.

He admitted in court docket that his life was not in peril when Griffin tried to steal the automobile, however Simmonds then chased the automobile and grabbed the steering wheel.

“My jacket was caught within the automobile at the moment, I felt my life was endangered or I’m gonna get critically injured, that’s once I pulled my gun and I fired,” Simmonds mentioned in court docket.

Griffin died, and the Fulton County District Lawyer’s Workplace charged Simmonds with felony homicide, aggravated assault, and two counts of violating his oath of workplace.

Prosecutors mentioned Thursday that Simmonds informed three totally different variations of what occurred that day. Till the listening to Thursday, Simmonds had not even talked about his jacket being caught within the door, not mentioning it till about 5 years after the taking pictures, in line with prosecutors.

Griffin’s father, Courtney, informed Channel 2 Motion Information that he was livid throughout your complete listening to.

“He simply tried to cowl himself, sure he did, my son didn’t have a gun,” Mr. Griffin mentioned.

Choose Eric Dunaway mentioned that the totally different variations of the story had performed a component in his choice to disclaim Simmonds’ request for immunity.

Glover says she doesn’t imagine her son was proper to steal a automobile, however she doesn’t imagine he deserved to die for it.

“I’d slightly have been speaking to him behind a glass than have to go to him at a gravesite,” Glover mentioned.

No trial date has been set for the case but, but it surely’s wanting prefer it’ll start in late spring or early summer time.

Griffin’s dad and mom mentioned they’ll be in court docket for the entire trial, although it’s going to make them relive this once more.

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