Elderly Shootout Trial Update

ATLANTA (AP) _ A former Atlanta police officer on trial for the botched drug raid that led to the death of a 92-year-old woman said he and his fellow officers took the word of a known drug dealer to obtain a "no-knock'' search warrant.

Arthur Tesler tesfied Wednesday before a Fulton County Superior Court jury that he never saw the search warrant that included his name. He said he had no reason to doubt the information officers had been given about drugs being sold out of Kathryn Johnston's home.

The Reverend Al Sharpton, who was sitting in the courtroom, called the testimony "chilling.''

Tesler is charged with lying in an official investigation, violating his oath as an officer and false imprisonment.


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