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Case Conclusion Date: 03.11.2013
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Outcome: Acquittal on Attempted Murder
Description: In 2011, Mr. Thomas was robbed at gunpoint by three assailants off I-20 in Fulton County, GA. Mr. Thomas, an authorized carrier, pulled his weapon and fought back against the would-be robbers. The resulting shoot-out was observed by an off-duty officer from his personal vehicle. As Mr. Thomas ran across a road in broad daylight screaming for help while being shot at into a fast food parking lot, the off duty officer exited his vehicle and tackled Mr. Thomas to the ground. The three assailants ran away, not to be arrested for days. The officer wrestled Mr. Thomas' arms behind his back as he pleaded that he had just been robbed and struggled. The officer, whose weapon was still drawn during this struggle, fired a shot as Thomas lay on his back looking away from him. Somehow, by a miracle, Thomas was not hit. However, he assumed this off-duty officer was now part of the crew and turned around and fired the last two bullets in his gun at the officer hitting him in the bulletproof vest and arm. A civilian then ran over Mr. Thomas with his car and he was subdued. After two long years of litigation, Keith Evra and and David Wolfe went to trial against the Fulton District Attorney's Office, represented by two top Assistant District Attorneys. It was a difficult case, as everyone agreed this should have never gone to trial as all the good guys had each made mistakes that day in 2011. However, the State charged Mr. Thomas with attempted murder along with many other charges in an attempt to make what Mr. Thomas did look much worse on paper than it was in true life. After a week-long trial, the jury acquitted Mr. Thomas on Attempted Murder. They hung on the remaining charges. Some time later, Mr. Thomas would agree to a first offender probation plea on one remaining charge. He is now a successful businessman. The officer fully recovered a short time after the incident and still works for the APD.