- Associated Press - Friday, May 12, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Atlanta police officer has been indicted on charges that he let a murder suspect escape capture.

A Fulton County grand jury returned an indictment Friday against 26-year-old Tommy Williams, formally charging him with hindering the apprehension of a criminal, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and violation of oath of public officer.

The indictment contends that on March 15, 2015, Jabari Mathis was tracked to a house and eight officers, including Williams, were dispatched. Another officer says he saw Mathis running from the side of the house where Williams was posted.

The indictment says Williams helped Mathis crawl out a window and escape. Less than 30 minutes later, Mathis was captured and was heard saying he knew Williams, who let him go.

Williams subsequently resigned. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.



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