Anthony Hill family ‘devastated’ over possible delay in DeKalb cop’s murder trial
DeKalb Superior Court Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson, appointed last month after three judges recused themselves, had been consulting with the defense and prosecutors to find an open date.
Dear Jackson admitted in recent court hearing she knew little about the case other than the defendant was a former cop facing murder charges.
The trial was put on hold less than two weeks before it was to begin following Judge J.P. Boulee’s surprise recusal. His name was listed as a sponsor on a flyer distributed by DeKalb District Attorney Sherry Boston, who was the presenter of a 5K run to benefit the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. With Boston’s office prosecuting the Olsen case, Boulee made the decision to step aside, saying “judges must disqualify themselves from cases in which their impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”
Two judges subsequently selected at random by court administrators promptly passed, citing potential conflicts of interest. Dear Jackson, elected last year to succeed the retiring Daniel Coursey, a 36-year veteran of the DeKalb bench, was next up and accepted the assignment.