The man accused of being the driver when his friend shot and killed a Gwinnett County police officer was indicted on 15 charges this week, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Isaiah Pretlow, 19, of Snellville, was indicted on several gang activity charges and traffic offences, but he doesn’t face a murder charge in connection with the death of officer Antwan Toney in October 2018, Channel 2 reported.
This is in spite of months of trying to link Pretlow directly to the officer’s shooting death by Gwinnett County prosecutors, Channel 2 reported.
“It’s possible, but I don’t have any evidence yet that Pretlow fired shots,” Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said.
The man accused of pulling the trigger and killing Toney was Tafahree Maynard, who shot himself when officers cornered him in a backyard shed three days after the shooting, AJC.com previously reported.
Police said Maynard opened fire on Toney during a traffic stop, and Pretlow is accused of driving the two away from the shooing.
Pretlow is also accused of crashing his car and pointing a gun at an officer before being arrested hours after Toney was killed. Channel 2 reported that no bodycam video exists of Pretlow pointing a gun at the officer because the officer’s bodycam became dislodged.
He immediately faced charges ranging from aggravated assault to tampering with evidence to gang-related charges, jail records show. He was previously arrested on a gang-related burglary charge in April 2018.
“Where as a person who’s fleeing from a police officer might not normally try to turn around and shoot at them, a gang member will,” Porter said.
Pretlow’s mother, Tammie Pretlow, has maintained her son’s innocence, including speaking at his November bond hearing, AJC.com previously reported.
“He’s just innocent,” she said in court. “He didn’t do none of the things that they have said that’s he’s done. I believe that from my heart.”
His bond was denied, and he still remains in the Gwinnett County Jail.
A detective at that bond hearing said Pretlow admitted to driving the getaway car and crashing it before hiding in a home. He, however, didn’t allegedly admit to pointing a gun at the officer who arrested him.
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