GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Jurors have begun deliberating in the trial of a Georgia sheriff's deputy accused of providing false information to get a no-knock warrant for a raid that seriously injured a toddler.
Local media report the case of Nikki Autry went to the jury Friday.
Deputies serving the warrant in May 2014 tossed a flash bang device into the home where they thought a drug dealer was staying. The device landed in the playpen of 19-month-old Bounkham "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh, leaving him with severe injuries to his face and chest.
Prosecutors said Autry was overzealous and had no respect for the people she was investigating. The defense argued that Autry was well-respected and dedicated and was made into a scapegoat.
Autry is the only law enforcement officer charged in the case.