The GBI’s investigation into this incident remains open and ongoing.
The family’s case against the county and sheriff’s office is based on their belief that deputies did not follow Georgia’s laws around serving a no-knock warrant, Sellers confirmed. The case claims that deputies did not have a reasonable need to serve a forceful no-knock search warrant.
“She meant so much to this family. Now, I have a hole in my heart,” James’ mother, Betty Jean Murphy-James, said during a Thursday press conference outside of the Camden courthouse. “She had a beautiful heart. She really did. That was Latoya.”
At the conclusion of its investigation, the GBI will turn its findings over to the Brunswick Judicial Circuit’s District Attorney’s office for review, after which the DA will determine whether the case warrants criminal charges.
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