DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County District Attorney will present the fatal shooting investigation involving an Albany Police officer to a civil grand jury next month.
D.A. Greg Edwards said the civil grand jury will hear the investigation results of the fatal shooting by Albany Police officer Derrick Williams on December 20th.
Investigators said on September 7th Williams shot and killed 55 year old Robert Brown, after Brown stabbed Williams with an object.
Brown's family said Officer Williams shot Brown in the back.
The civil grand jury was set up this year by Georgia legislation, for more transparent information to be given to the community after a grand jury hearing.
The civil grand jury presentment will be private, but the record of what was said will be available to the public after the hearing.
Edwards said he wants to use the civil grand jury, to make sure the community is assured of a fair and thorough investigation. And let the community representatives make the decision if criminal charges will be filed against the officer.
"I think in keeping with what is the general intent of the legislation, to make this as much a transparent process with officer involved shootings. I'm going to adhere to it here in this instance," said Edwards.
The Brown family's attorney, Julius Collins, said a civil lawsuit in Robert Brown's death is pending.
Williams remains on administrative leave with the Albany Police Department.