SCREVEN COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – A 22-person Screven County grand jury decided Monday not to indict a fired Georgia State Patrol trooper arrested for killing Julian Lewis in August 2020.
The prosecution of Jacob Thompson will not move forward at this time.
Attorneys and family members of the 60-year-old Lewis say the grand jury ignored the evidence — and that this is not over.
“I feel like if he took my son away from me, we need some justice on this. He needs to do some time or something,” said Lindsay Milton, Lewis’ mother.
Lewis was shot and killed following a slow-speed chase involving Thompson, who said he felt threatened at the time.
Attorney Francys Johnson, who represents Lewis’ family, says the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) determined Thompson fired his gun two seconds after leaving his patrol car. He added that a judge said there was enough evidence to take the former trooper to trial on murder charges, but in Georgia, a grand jury must indict.
“It was a runaway grand jury,” Johnson said. “We think it was set on a track to run away by forces that never wanted to see Jacob Gordon Thompson prosecuted in the first place.”
The attorney claimed the district attorney’s office may not have been zealous enough in presenting the case, and he’s asking them to try again.
“Empanel another grand jury and as you took an oath and promised this family what you would do is prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law,” said Johnson. “The law gives you another opportunity to make another presentation, and we expect you do so.”
Attorneys say the family stood by for a year waiting for the system to work.
“For what? To be slapped in the face like this?” said Attorney Mawuli Davis, who also represents the Lewis family.
The no bill from the Screven County grand jury was presented after Thompson testified Monday, something law enforcement and former law enforcement is allowed to do. The grand jury was also allowed to consider state law regarding what officers can do in terms of force or self-defense.
Meanwhile, the family says they’re not giving up.
“We’re going to push it and push it until we can’t push no more,” said Milton.
WSAV News 3 has reached out to Thompson’s attorney for comment about the decision but has not heard back.
We’ve also contacted the district attorney in the Sylvania area about whether this case will be presented to another grand jury and are waiting on a reply.