DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A former DeKalb County police officer was found not guilty on two counts of felony murder and guilty on four other counts in his trial for shooting a naked, unarmed Air Force veteran in the parking lot of his Chamblee apartment complex. Click here for full update.
Robert Olsen says he acted in self-defense when he responded to a call on March 9, 2015, about a suspicious man in the parking lot of The Heights apartment complex.
Prosecutors say Anthony Hill, an Air Force veteran with mental health issues in the midst of a crisis, posed no threat and that Olsen used unjustifiable lethal force.
Closing arguments concluded on Thursday, Oct. 3 and the jury started deliberating on Friday morning.
The jury deliberated for five and a half days before returning its verdict on Monday, Oct. 14.
Olsen had faced six charges, which ranged from aggravated assault to murder. The jury returned a mixed judgment found Olsen not guilty on two felony counts of murder, but found him guilty on the rest of the charges - one count of aggravated assault, one count of making false statements and two counts of violation of oath of office.
Olsen was issued an $80,000 bond; he bonded out around 7:20 p.m., just hours after a jury delivered the verdict.
Olsen will be sentenced on Nov. 1 after his defense team asked for a delay, Judge Latisha Dear Jackson ruled. He is also required to wear and ankle monitor. He will have a daily curfew of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the sentencing.
If sentenced consecutively, he could face up to 35 years in prison.
DAY 1: When veteran heard cops were coming, he said 'they're my friend.' But the cop who responded, killed him
DAY 3: Cell phone video showing moments after Anthony Hill was shot takes focus of Olsen trial testimony
DAY 5: Defense rests, closing arguments set to begin in trial of ex-officer charged with murdering naked, unarmed veteran
DAY 6: Fate of officer charged with murder in shooting death of naked, unarmed veteran now in hands of jury
TRIAL PREVIEW: Trial to begin for former DeKalb Police officer accused of killing naked, unarmed veteran