Four years after the killing of 26-year-old Anthony Hill, Robert “Chip” Olsen has been found not guilty of murder.
What We Know:
- After one long week of deliberations, it was announced on Monday that Olsen was found not guilty on two felony murder charges. Despite this, he has been still convicted of aggravated assault, making a false statement, and two counts of violation of oath. According to the prosecution, Olsen did not follow protocol for using force and that a baton could have been used instead of the gun.
- In March 2015, the DeKalb County police department was notified of a frantic man going around knocking on doors and crawling on the ground naked. Olsen was the responding officer to that call.
- According to then-DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander, Hill charged at Olsen when he arrived on the scene. “The officer called him to stop while stepping backwards, drew his weapon and fired two shots.”
- Hill’s girlfriend, Bridget Anderson, explained that Hill was a veteran that struggled with mental illness and didn’t receive the support he needed from the Department of Veteran Affairs. According to Anderson, Hill had stopped taking his medication shortly before his death.
- Olsen’s sentencing is scheduled for November 1st and he could face up to 35 years in prison. Judge Latisha Dear Jackson has allowed Olsen to be released on an $80,000 and will have to wear an ankle monitor and follow a curfew.
One anonymous juror admitted that he and four others had stated that Olsen was guilty on the charges of murder despite the final verdict.