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Jury reaches verdict in trial of ex-officer charged with murdering naked, unarmed veteran

Anthony Hill’s family says he was in the midst of a mental breakdown when officer Robert Olsen shot him four years ago.

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

'He was very peaceful': Those close to Anthony Hill were in disbelief at shooting

DAY 2: Witnesses on the stand give first-hand accounts of ex-officer's shooting of naked veteran

DAY 3: Cell phone video showing moments after Anthony Hill was shot takes focus of Olsen trial testimony

DAY 4: Robert Olsen trained on dealing with mentally ill people years before Anthony Hill was shot

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

DAY 7: Jurors in Robert Olsen trial can't come to agreement on verdict. Judge says keep trying.

DAY 8: Deliberations enter fourth day for deadlocked jury in Robert Olsen trial

DAY 9: Jurors in Robert Olsen murder trial ask question about being deadlocked … again

TRIAL PREVIEW: Trial to begin for former DeKalb Police officer accused of killing naked, unarmed veteran

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Jury selection gets underway for ex-DeKalb police officer accused of killing naked, unarmed veteran

Former DeKalb Police officer accused of killing naked, unarmed veteran rejected plea deal

Former cop pleads not guilty of murder charges in Anthony Hill shooting

Report details previous complaint against indicted officer

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