Clayton County sheriff Victor Hill is scheduled to appear before a Gwinnett County grand jury Thursday.
Hill faces reckless conduct charges for shooting and injuring Gwenevere McCord in May.
The sheriff has the right to deliver a statement to the grand jury – a legal right reserved for public officials under state law.
WABE’s legal analyst Page Pate says Hill’s right to speak could benefit him.
“The jury gets to hear his statement. It can be prepared. It can be spontaneous. But he doesn’t have to take any questions. It’s like being able to testify without being subject to cross-examination,” said Pate.
The grand jury in the case has the power to indict the Clayton County sheriff.
Both Hill and McCord say the shooting was an accident.