A judge dismissed murder charges against three former Washington County, Georgia deputies who tased a 58-year-old black man to death after he asked for water from a stranger on July 7, 2017.
Senior Superior Court Judge H. Gibbs Flanders Jr. ruled in February 2018 that the three murder indictments — against the deputies — were invalid because no court reporter was present and that the facts pertaining to their defense attorneys’ motion “are undisputed,” reported The Union-Recorder.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation ruled that Euree Lee Martin — who suffered from schizophrenia — broke no laws when he was questioned by Deputy Michael Howell, noted the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Martin walked away from Howell, and was soon executed by Howell, and Deputies Henry L. Copeland and Rhett Scott.
In a video of the incident, the three deputies stand over Martin and tase him death.
Elaine Brown, Martin’s niece told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
You see on the news all the time white men walking down the street carrying guns and nothing happens. My uncle wasn’t armed. He wasn’t hurting anyone. He wasn’t a threat.
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