Haunted by Caroline Small case, ex-prosecutors speak out

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BRUNSWICK, GA - NOVEMBER 05, 2015: David Peterson, a former Glynn Assistant District Attorney sits on a park bench in downtown Brunswick, Ga., Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Higgins former boss was the Glynn County District Attorney Jackie Johnson. CREDIT: Stephen Morton for The Atlanta Journal Constitution

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

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Ex-Glynn County prosecutor David Peterson. Photo: Stephen Morton

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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