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Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and Atlanta police officerRolfe Garrett. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and Rolfe Garrett, one of the two police officers charged in the Rayshard Brooks shooting death.

Defense lawyers who secured a $500,000 bond Tuesday for the fired Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks said the shooting was justified based on an earlier determination by District Attorney Paul Howard that a taser is a deadly weapon.

The defense also criticized Howard during Tuesday’s hearing for previously making two stunning allegations when announcing felony charges against officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Bronson at June 17 news conference. Rolfe attorney Noah Pines said his client never kicked Brooks as he lay dying on the pavement and never uttered the phrase, “I got him,” after shooting Brooks twice in the back, as Howard claimed.

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R. Robin McDonald

Daily Report reporter R. Robin McDonald's journalism career includes stints as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Wichita Eagle, and The Anniston Star and as a trial tracker at CourtTV and CNN. She is the author of two true crime books -- Black Widow: The True Story of the Hilley Poisonings and Secrets Never Lie: The Death of Sara Tokars.

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