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Haunted by Caroline Small case, ex-prosecutors speak out


The AJC/Channel 2 investigation of the Caroline Small killing drew national attention to the police shooting case in July.

Four people who took note of the reporting were ex-prosecutors in the Brunswick Judicial Circuit district attorney's office. They had been haunted by the 2010 shooting case and chose to speak out in a follow-up story published in Sunday's AJC.

They are critical of the way their ex-boss, District Attorney Jackie Johnson, handled the case. It is almost unprecedented for this many former prosecutors to speak out about what they view as injustice and the mishandling of a case by a sitting DA.

Here's video of one of the former prosecutors, David Peterson. He says the shooting of an unarmed 35-year-old woman was a murder that was covered up and needs to be reopened by an outside prosecutor.

Tune in tonight at 6:45 on Channel 2 Action News in Atlanta to see more of what Peterson and the other prosecutors have to say about the case.


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Brad Schrade is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter on the AJC’s investigative team.