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Brian Steel, John Petrey, Noah Pines, Don Samuel, Anna Cross and BJ Bernstein. Named but not quoted, also in DAMS: ADA Brett Pinion; defendant Bryan Schmitt (mug shot) Brian Steel (top, from left), John Petrey, Noah Pines and Don Samuel and (bottom, from left) Anna Cross, B.J. Bernstein, Assistant DA Brett Pinion and defendant Bryan Schmitt (mug shot).

In a day and age when cameras are ubiquitous, the fate of an Atlanta-area in-house attorney could very well depend on video footage from the unlikeliest of places: a heating and air-conditioning vehicle.

In fact, Georgia alleges the video evidence in the case against Bryan Schmitt of Sandy Springs is so compelling that it warrants charges of murder, felony murder and aggravated assault in connection with the death last month of local real estate investor Hamid Jahangard. Schmitt, 48, associate corporate counsel and director of contracts at supply chain and technology company Manhattan Associates, was released on $500,000 bond after an emotional hearing before a courtroom packed with friends and family members of both the victim and defendant last week.

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Kristen Rasmussen

Kristen Rasmussen is an Atlanta-based reporter who covers corporate law departments and in-house attorneys.

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