DA seeks death penalty for man accused of killing Griffin officer

The Spalding County District Attorney said Friday he is seeking the death penalty against the man accused of killing a Griffin police officer outside a Waffle House.

DA Scott Ballard’s announcement and filing in Spalding County Superior Court, came two days after a grand jury indicted Michael Dwayne Bowman, 30, on murder charges in the death of Officer Kevin Jordan.

Bowman is accused of shooting Jordan outside a Waffle House on May 31, according to investigators. Bowman was indicted Wednesday on three counts of murder, aggravated assault of a police officer, obstruction of a police officer, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Jordan, a 43-year-old father of seven, was working an off-duty security job at the Waffle House at 1702 North Expressway when he tried to break up an altercation between people who were asked to leave the restaurant, police said.

Jordan was on the ground trying to restrain a suspect when police say Bowman “maliciously shot” the officer multiple times in the back. Raymond Jordan, the officer’s brother, was in the parking lot when the gunfire erupted and grabbed his own gun, Griffin police previously said. A civilian, he had a permit to carry a gun and was at the restaurant to visit his brother, who often worked there on weekends, police said. Raymond Jordan then shot and injured Bowman, but was not charged in the case.