The Fulton County grand jury met Friday and opted not to indict Officer Thomas Atzert, who shot and killed Maurice Hampton on June 30, 2011. Hampton, 37, reportedly ran a stop sign on Campbellton Road that night and, when Atzert attempted to pull him over, ran away.
Atzert and Hampton struggled, authorities said, and Hampton grabbed Atzert's baton. The officer then fired his weapon and killed Hampton.
• A 19-year-old man pleaded guilty to killing a Lithonia High School graduate at a MARTA bus stop.
Christopher Merritt pleaded guilty Tuesday to the November murder of Marcaysia Dawkins, an 19-year-old who was planning to join the Navy. Merritt tried to rob Dawkins while she sat at a Fairington Road MARTA bus stop on Nov. 23.
Merritt also pleaded guilty to robbing and sexually assaulting three other women. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
“I wish I could change all the things,” he told the court Tuesday.
• The father of a starved and burned Gwinnett girl pleaded guilty to her 2013 murder.
Eman Moss pleaded guilty Monday to felony murder charges connected to the death of his 10-year-old daughter, Emani. As part of the deal, Eman Moss will avoid the death penalty in exchange for testimony against his wife, Tiffany, who is also charged in the case.
“It has always been our contention that the driving force was (Tiffany Moss),” Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said.
Emani Moss' death triggered a series of firings and reforms at the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.