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Newton manslaughter appeal to be heard

August 31, 2006

Newton-  A south Georgia district attorney will get help from Atlanta in his fight to have a jury decide the fate of two Newton policemen accused of involuntary manslaughter. 

District Attorney Joe Mulholland objected when Newton police officers David Zigan and James Freeman requested their trial be heard by a judge instead of a jury.

His objection was granted, but the officers appealed the ruling to the state Supreme Court. Mulholland has appointed special attorneys from the Fulton County District Attorney's office to represent his office in the appeal next month.

Zigan and Freeman face involuntary manslaughter charges in the October 2005 shooting death of Hershel Bullard. The three got into a gunfight after Bullard fired in the air to scare someone out of his yard. Bullard was shot and killed.

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