Jury reviews bodycam video in trial of former Kingsland cop who killed unarmed man

CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. — Former Kingsland Officer Zechariah Presley is on trial for manslaughter in the shooting death of Tony Green in June 2018.

Action News Jax will have live updates from the courtroom as the jury continues to deliberate on Saturday:

6:00 p.m.: The jury found former Kingsland police officer Zechariah Presley not guilty of voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. He was found guilty of violation of oath of a public officer.

5:20 p.m.: The jury has come to a unanimous decision for 2 of the 3 charges Former Kingsland Officer Zechariah Presley is facing. They are still deliberating on the third charge.

12:30 p.m.: Jurors asked to re-listen to witness testimony, which will resume after lunch.

The testimony that they relistened to both patrol lieutenants that responded to the scene. Some of those discussions involved the use of force policy and if the lieutenants had suspects get away from them in foot chases before. Patrol lieutenant said in the past he would get a warrant and arrest the person later.

The jury is taking a lunch break and is now in recess until 1:20 p.m.

10:45 a.m.: The jurors began deliberating at 10:07 a.m. An alternate juror replaced a sick juror in the deliberations in the Zechariah Presley manslaughter trial. The foreperson, juror 15, went to the hospital Friday night.

The judge said she's not physically or mentally able to perform her duties. Juror 15 was also the juror who was questioned Friday in open court about social media posts and a possible connection to the Green family.

Juror 15 was the only African-American juror on the panel. She was replaced with a white woman.

After Juror 15 was replaced, the jury also elected a new foreperson and began deliberating at 10:07 a.m.

Original story from 10/5/19 by Russell Colburn below:

A Camden County jury was dismissed for a second day Friday while a family waits for justice in their son's death.

Former Kingsland Officer Zechariah Presley is on trial for manslaughter in the shooting death of Tony Green in June 2018.



“We’re tired, yes, we're frustrated, yes, but we're going to hang it out,” Green’s father, Wayne Anderson, said.  “We've waited for justice for this long, and we'll continue to wait.”

Presley will have to wait until at least Saturday to find out if he’ll spend time in prison for firing those deadly shots.

“It’s frustrating, but at the same time, we’re getting justice,” Anderson said while leaving the courthouse Friday night.

Green was unarmed that night, but the defense claims Presley shot Green after a fight stemming from a traffic stop and foot chase. They said Presley feared for his life.

The state said Presley shot Green as he tried to run away after the scuffle.

“It’s just tiring right now knowing we’ll have to come back (Saturday),” Anderson said. “No news is good news as far as we’re concerned, but we’d rather wait it out and make sure that they get it right.”

The jury seems to be focusing on body camera video from the incident. During deliberations Friday, the jury returned to the courtroom to view the final two minutes of that video.

“There’s something that they’re lingering with and lingering over where I feel right now at this point right now the jury is putting time in, making sure whatever their decision is that they get it right,” Anderson said.

Deliberations will continue Saturday at 9 a.m., and Action News Jax will have it all covered. Click here to watch live.

Catch up on what happened Thursday in the courtroom here.

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