Deliberations to Continue in Officer's Trial

ATLANTA (AP) _ Jurors are continuing deliberations today to decide the fate of an Atlanta police officer accused of helping cover up a botched drug raid in which a 92-year-old woman was killed in her home.

A judge denied multiple defense requests Friday for a mistrial.

Arthur Tesler faces state charges of violation of oath by a public officer, making false statements and false imprisonment under color of legal process.

Tesler is on leave from the police force.

Two other officers involved in the November 21st, 2006, raid on
Kathryn Johnston's home, Jason R. Smith and Gregg Junnier, have
pleaded guilty to state manslaughter and federal civil rights charges.

An autopsy concluded Johnston was shot five or six times. Prosecutors have said officers fired 39 bullets. Johnston fired only once through her door.


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