Attorney: Hooks shot in back and head while lying face down

DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Hooks Family attorney says new evidence indicates David Hooks was lying face down on the ground when he was shot in his back and head during a drug raid conducted by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.

After obtaining David Hooks’ medical records, Mitch Shook, the attorney representing the family, claims he has a better understanding of what happened on September 24th. That is the day when Laurens County Sheriff’s Deputies busted into David’s Dublin home during a drug raid. 

“We now believe that David Hooks was face down on his dining room floor when the shot to his back and the shot to his head was administered,” Shook said.

Shook says deputies fired 19 shots. He believes 17 of those shots were intended to kill David. 

Shook tells 41NBC the deputies had a search warrant requiring them to knock on the door before entering David’s home. He claims they did not do that. Investigators were looking for methamphetamine. 

“The search warrant was invalid because it lacked probable cause. It was signed by a non-lawyer magistrate who was misled,” Shook said. 

Shook received audio tapes from the night David died. He plans to use the tapes to prove Sheriff Bill Harrell was there that night. 

“Those recordings overwhelmingly show that Sheriff Bill Harrell…participated in the planning and execution of the illegal raid,” said Shook. 

In the original news sent to 41NBC, Sheriff Harrell stated deputies shot David after he grabbed a firearm and started acting aggressive. 

We’re told Sheriff Harrell will not comment further until the GBI finishes its investigation. 

After the crime lab finishes the reports, the state agency will turn the case over to Dublin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Craig Fraser. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation expects that to happen within the next few weeks. 

Shook tells 41NBC there will be a rally to raise awareness for David’s case this Saturday at 2 p.m. in front of the Laurens County Courthouse. 

Categories: Laurens County, Local News

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