DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) Robert Olsen, the former DeKalb County Police officer accused of fatally shooting a naked, unarmed veteran in 2015 will not take the stand in his own defense.
The development came Thursday morning. CBS46's Ashley Thompson reports that the defense did not call any witnesses on Thursday and has rested its case.
Dekalb County Chief Assistant District Attorney Pete Johnson gave the state’s closing argument this afternoon, telling jurors that former Dekalb County police officer Robert Olsen used excessive force when he shot and killed 26-year-old Anthony Hill.
“Is that where we’re at ladies and gentlemen? When you’re concerned about a confrontation – to shoot someone dead?”
Olsen opened fire on Hill, who was naked and having some sort of mental episode at his Chamblee apartment complex in 2015. Hill was moving in Olsen’s direction, not listening to commands, when Olsen shot him twice.
“This is not self-defense,” said Johnson. “It’s excessive force ladies and gentlemen.”
Attorney Amanda Clark Palmer gave the closing argument for the defense, telling jurors that Olsen feared for his life during his encounter with Hill and had just seconds to react.
“This man right here is a good cop,” she said. “He’s a good cop who had to make a bad decision.”
She said Olsen thought Hill was under the influence when he encountered him.
“They don’t get trained on what to do when a naked suspicious person, possibly demented or high on PCP, charges you,” she said.
The state was able to give a final rebuttal.
“He was killed for nothing,” said prosecutor Lance Cross. “Don’t even give that to them. ‘Well he jogged at the officer, so he had to put a bullet in him.’ That’s offensive. Do not give them that.”
The jury is expected to begin deliberations on Friday.
Robert Olsen will not testify @cbs46— Ashley Thompson (@AshleyCBS46) October 3, 2019
The defense calls no witnesses. The defense rests its case @cbs46— Ashley Thompson (@AshleyCBS46) October 3, 2019
Closing arguments to begin at 1pm @cbs46— Ashley Thompson (@AshleyCBS46) October 3, 2019
In 2015, Olsen responded to a suspicious person call at an apartment complex.
Investigators said it turned violent when officers encountered Hill.
According to them, Hill charged at officers despite being ordered to stop and as a result Officer Olsen fired his weapon twice, striking Hill.
Hill's family has said the shooting wasn't justified and that Hill was suffering from a mental health episode.
On Tuesday, the jury saw a newly-public video of the scene where Hill was shot to death. In the video, Hill’s lifeless, bloody body can be seen laying on the pavement at his Chamblee apartment complex.
Araceli Vega got emotional as the video she recorded played for the jury. Vega said she shot the video from her apartment window right after she said she witnessed Hill fall to the ground.
The defense pointed out that Vega’s video doesn’t tell the whole story.
“So you can’t tell the jury how far the young man and the officer were when the shots were fired?” a defense attorney asked. “Because you weren’t looking outside at that moment.”
“I didn’t see when he was shot,” Vega answered.
Closing arguments begin at 1 p.m.