- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Habersham County deputy sheriff is set to face trial on charges over her role in setting up a “no-knock” drug raid that severely injured a toddler when a flash grenade detonated in his playpen.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (https://on-ajc.com/1NPOC5t ) that Nikki Autry is expected to face trial Monday. Autry pleaded not guilty to providing false information to get a warrant, which led to a botched raid that critically injured a toddler.

Authorities have said 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh (BOON’-kahm fohn-SAH’-vahn) was critically injured when the device landed in his playpen during the May 2014 raid on the northeast Georgia home. The grenade blew Phonesavanh’s chest and face open, burning him.

Attorney Jeff Brickman says Autry never intentionally misled the judge who signed the no-knock warrant.


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