Former DeKalb County Police Officer Robert Olsen stands by himself on a break from testifying during his pre-trial in May of 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)
Photo: Steve Schaefer
Photo: Steve Schaefer

Breakdown Season 7: Judgment Call —  ‘I Was About to Get Pummeled and Pounded’

‘Impervious to Pain, Superhuman Strength’

Charged with murder, Robert “Chip” Olsen turned to a risky defense strategy.

The former DeKalb County cop tried to get the charges dismissed before the trial began in an immunity hearing. 

The upside? If he won he would no longer face life in prison. But if lost? He had testified under oath and that testimony could be used against him in his trial.

The 57-year-old Olsen, charged with killing an unarmed US. Air Force veteran, had one of the state’s top trial lawyers arguing his case. But he was going up against an aggressive prosecutor with a penchant for courtroom theatrics.

» LISTEN: Previous seasons of the AJC’s “Breakdown” podcast

» MORE: The latest on Anthony Hill and the Chip Olsen trial

In the third episode of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s award-winning podcast ‘Breakdown’ we take you inside the heated courtroom battle that tests the limits of police use of force. You’ll have the rare opportunity to hear from a police officer on his decision to pull the trigger.

“Impervious to Pain, Superhuman Strength” goes live Tuesday. It’s the latest installment in the seventh season of Breakdown: Judgment Call.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s legal affairs writer, Bill Rankin, is back Breakdown’s host. He’s joined by public safety reporter, Christian Boone. And this season we are partnering with WSB-Radio.

You can download the podcast from iTunesStitcherSpotify or your favorite podcasting platform. Or you can stream it on your computer in the player below.

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