WABE politics reporter on Fulton DA home invasion indictments and special grand jury updates

Fulton County Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis is photographed in her office in Atlanta, on Jan. 4, 2022. Willis on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, announced a sprawling indictment targeting members of what she said is a violent street gang that has been targeting the Atlanta area homes of famous athletes, entertainers and others who flaunt expensive possessions on social media. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

On the Tuesday edition of “Closer Look,” politics reporter Rahul Bali discusses the investigation tied to recent celebrity home invasions and the continued investigation of alleged election interference in the 2020 presidential election by former president Donald Trump.

Two-hundred-and-twenty indictment counts have been issued against 26 individuals in connection with crimes targeting the homes of entertainers, athletes and social media influencers in Atlanta, Sandy Springs and Union City. The crimes are alleged by district attorney Fani Willis to have been carried out by gang members.

The D.A.’s office suspects offenders target those who advertise wealth on social media. Indictments have utilized song lyrics as evidence of admitting to crimes in prosecution.

“You do not get to commit crimes in my county and then decide to brag on [them],” Willis said. “You do that [as] a form of intimidation to further the gang and not be held responsible.”

A special grand jury seated by D.A. Willis concerning election interference in the 2020 presidential election in Georgia by former president Donald Trump is in place until May 2023 and will produce a report on its findings.