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The Dougherty District Attorney files official notice that he will go after the death penalty against the man accused of killing a Dougherty County Police Officer.

Greg Edwards said he will do all he can to protect cops in Albany and Dougherty County and will seek the harshest punishment for people attack them.

The Dougherty Grand Jury indicted 21 year old Dontravius Thomas today on 9 counts, for the death of Lt. Cliff Rouse.

Rouse was gunned down December 23rd, while chasing a suspect who just robbed the Pitt Stop convenience store on the Sylvester Road. Thomas was arrested hiding under a mobile home near the store.

The D.A. filed official notice to seek the death penalty.  "Our police officers lay their lives on the line. We wanted to make sure in this instance that because this officer laid his life on the line, that the full measure of the law might be applied by the jury that reviews this particular case," said Edwards.

Thomas is being represented by lawyers from the capital defense team with the state's public defenders office. Edwards said it will be at least 6 to 9 months before Thomas' murder trial could be scheduled.

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