U.S. marshal, Clayton officer spend 2 hours in jail on murder charges

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Two officers indicted for murder in the 2016 death of Jamarion Robinson, who was shot 76 times during a law enforcement raid, were booked into the Fulton County Jail early Wednesday.

But neither was there for long.

Eric A. Heinze and Kristopher L. Hutchens were each indicted last week on two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, burglary and two counts each of making false statements and violation of oath by a public officer.

Heinze is the Assistant Chief Inspector with the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force. Hutchens is a Clayton County police officer who was working as a task force officer with the U.S. Marshals Service during the incident.

Hutchens was booked into jail at 12:32 a.m. Wednesday and released at 2:39 a.m. on $50,000 bond, according to jail records. Heinze was booked at 1 a.m. and released at 2:38 a.m., also on $50,000 bond.

On July 28, 2016, Robinson was inside an apartment when a fugitive task force made up of local law enforcement and federal authorities arrived. At the time, a U.S. Marshals Service spokesman said officers were attempting to serve warrants on Robinson from Atlanta police and Gwinnett County police.

Credit: Ben Gray for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Credit: Ben Gray for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

According to East Point police, Robinson fired a shot at officers, who returned gunfire. Robinson was shot 76 times and died. He was 26.

Robinson’s family has said he suffered from mental illness. His mother, Monteria Robinson, has never stopped fighting for her son, telling The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2020 that former Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard “failed my family” after promising to indict the officers involved.

But when Howard lost his position to Fani Willis, the new DA promised swifter action. In May, Willis vowed to quickly have resolutions on police shooting cases such as Robinson’s.