Beavers, a criminal law major who aspired to be a cop, was found lying face down by the responding officer, according to police reports. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Nichols told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution she was shocked by the judge's ruling.
"She gave someone a life that took away my son's life," Nichols said. "My son was the one who fell through the cracks of justice. Unfortunately, our judicial system seems to care more about the criminals than the innocent."
Nichols filed a civil lawsuit against MARTA in March on behalf of her son, stating that the East Point station was not adequately patrolled despite previous criminal activity. She seeks to be reimbursed for the cost of Beavers’ funeral and paid for the pain and suffering due to his death.
Smith was already on probation for crimes including theft by receiving a stolen car, criminal damage to property and obstruction when he was arrested and charged with shooting Beavers.