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Jury Still Out On Some Charges Against Former DeKalb Police Officer

Former DeKalb Police officer Robert Olsen is being tried in the fatal shooting of Anthony Hill in March 2015.
Former DeKalb Police officer Robert Olsen is being tried in the fatal shooting of Anthony Hill in March 2015.
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Updated at 5:56 p.m.

After three days of deliberations, a jury says it needs more time in the case of a former DeKalb County police officer charged with felony murder.

Robert “Chip” Olsen, who is white, fatally shot 26-year-old Anthony Hill, a black man, in 2015. Hill was an Air Force veteran, and his family said he was having a mental health crisis when police were called to his apartment complex.

Hill was naked and unarmed when he was shot by Olsen.

Before the jury went Monday afternoon, it sent a note to the judge saying it had reached unanimity on some of the charges, but not all.

On Tuesday morning it was discovered that jurors had not been provided with written copies of the instructions they were given orally last Friday. Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson deemed it an “inadvertent omission” and provided the instructions.

In particular, the jury asked for the instructions pertaining to the most serious charges against Olsen: felony murder and aggravated assault.

The jury will not meet on Wednesday in observance of Yom Kippur. Deliberations are expected to resume Thursday.