Atlanta-Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces the Georgia Supreme Court’s denial of the District Attorney’s Motion to Reconsider the Court’s decision that Geary Otis cannot be tried for the murder of Mary Oliver. This case involved the brutal home invasion and stabbing death of 76-year-old retiree, Mary Oliver. Mrs. Oliver, who had just returned from a dinner with her daughter, was stabbed multiple times throughout her head and body. Additionally, the defendant assaulted a male retiree and an Atlanta Police Officer at the same complex with the knife used to murder Mrs. Oliver.

On February 8th, 2016, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that Fulton County District Attorney’s Office could not try Geary Otis due to a ruling made by a Superior Court Judge declaring a mistrial in the case. The mistrial was declared over objections by both the State and the defense. Even though only opening statements had been made by the defense, the Georgia Supreme Court has held that it constituted a final verdict upon the merits of the case. The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office immediately filed a Motion for Reconsideration with the Georgia Supreme Court. This morning, March 7th, 2016, the Georgia Supreme Court has denied the District Attorney’s Motion for Reconsideration. Consequently, Otis will be released from jail sometime in the next fourteen days.

District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. states:

“This is a sad day for the Oliver family; it is a sad day for the citizens of Fulton County; it is a sad day for justice. It is difficult to accept the release of this defendant who brutally stabbed an unarmed senior citizen simply because of a technical error committed by a judge who the court admits was seeking a fair trial. It is my hope that working with the Atlanta Police Department, we can make the residents of the complex where Mrs. Oliver lived feel safe. Their safety is our immediate concern. We must now work to change the laws that caused this terrible result, so such a tragedy will not happen to another family.”