Attorney Mawuli Mel Davis of the Davis Bozeman Law firm marched into the Fulton County Justice Center carrying boxes of new evidence he says his team uncovered in the case involving Jamarion Robinson’s killing by U.S. Marshals that he says even the Georgia Bureau of Investigation failed to find.
When Davis and Robinson’s surviving family members marched out about an hour later after meeting with Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, they had even more information to share with the assembled media.
First, Davis says Robinson, 26, who was already shot 18 times by federal agents in East Point., Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, was shot again – fatally – at close range by police.
“When a man has been shot upwards of 18 times you don’t have the right to come stand over him and then fire into his body these final shots,” Davis said.
Secondly, Robinson’s legal team asset that Robinson was killed under an extreme fusillade of bullets, telling the press that police fired at him 95 times. The Marshal’s office went to Robinson’s East Point apartment to serve a felony arrest warrant for criminal attempt to commit arson and aggravated assault on a police officer.
The GBI concluded Robinson traded gunfire with police before he was shot to death.
Thirdly, longtime district attorney Howard, who met with the family of Robinson, pledged to appropriate additional time and resources into bringing the case to a final conclusion.
When asked why the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not conduct an investigation into the shooting since the U.S. Marshals is a federal agency, Davis said the U.S. Department of Justice deferred to the GBI to make its inquiry.
Lastly, Robinson’s family and their legal representation reiterated the fact that authorities knew that he suffered from severe mental illness (schizophrenia) and was not always on his medication.
The GBI counters claims by the family that authorities shot Robinson at close range. Davis, however, is convinced that he was shot up close and the Robinson family wants the District Attorney to further investigate.
“We were encouraged by some of the things that Mr. Howard’s office explained to the family. One of them being that they intend on hiring experts that will look at the blood spatter,” Davis said.
While the district attorney takes the handoff from the GBI, Robinson’s mother is left to try to fill the vast void in her soul.
“It’s like my heart is aching. I’ve been waking up the last couple of days and I’ve been looking for him because when I come home from work he’s usually sitting on the porch outside,” Jamarion’s mother Monteria Robinson said.