Judge sets fall trial for Georgia officer in fatal shooting

WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — A judge has scheduled a fall trial for a former Georgia police officer charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a fleeing suspect.

An order filed Thursday in Camden County Superior Court says Zechariah Presley will stand trial starting Sept. 30. Presley was on duty as a Kingsland police officer June 20 when 33-year-old Tony Green was shot. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation concluded the two men had a brief confrontation before Presley shot Green multiple times as he tried to flee.

A grand jury in November indicted Presley on charges of voluntary manslaughter and violating his oath of office. He had already been fired from his police job.

Judge Stephen Scarlett granted the September trial date after prosecutors and Presley’s defense attorney requested it at a hearing Monday.

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