Will no one go to prison for elderly woman’s murder?


Will no one go to prison for elderly woman’s murder?

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A security guard stood post at the gate of Baptist Towers on Myrtle Drive in Atlanta on June 18, 2013, after a resident of the senior citizen high-rise allegedly stabbed two of his neighbors, killing one, police said. (John Spink/jspink@ajc.com)

When the victim of a crime is elderly, it can seem particularly unfair.

But in fairness to this case, both the victims and the accused killer are senior citizens.

The 2013 stabbings took place at the Baptist Towers senior citizen high-rise in southwest Atlanta.

According to defendant Geary Otis’s lawyer, the accused killer is “a good guy” who “just snapped” that bloody afternoon in June, when he was 64.

So Otis’ defense team was thrilled when the Georgia Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Otis cannot be prosecuted again for killing Mary Oliver, 75, and wounding Emmanuel Surry, who is now 76.

But the justices’ explanation might leave observers who lack a law degree scratching their heads.

Even a legal expert, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, is baffled — and very, very bothered — by the ruling.

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