The investigation showed how local police in Glynn County interfered with the GBI’s 2010 criminal inquiry and created misleading evidence to show the grand jury. It also revealed the unusual way a local district attorney handled the case, including a deal cut with the two officers who shot into Small’s car.
The story has been picked up across social media and by other news outlets. One person who responded to the AJC's story was Karen McGehee, Small's mother. McGehee said she was thankful the the public is finally aware of what happened to her daughter, and how the case was handled by authorities.