Monteria Robinson, 53, has been on a fight for justice since her son, Jamarion Robinson, 26, was murdered by U.S. Marshals, some of whom were armed with submachine guns, in an apartment complex in East Point, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, on August 5, 2016.
“If you look at his autopsy report, my kid was shot over 50 times, and his body had 76 bullet wounds,” Robinson added.
The Associated Press stated that US Marshals Eric Heinze and Clayton County Officer Kristopher Hutchens were among a 16-man task team attempting to apprehend Jamarion Robinson on warrants linked to him reportedly waving a gun at police.
After the case was brought to a grand jury in late October by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who succeeded longtime Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard this year, Heinze and Hutchens were both charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, burglary, making false statements, and violation of oath by a public officer.
“I was like if he wouldn’t have taken my son’s case before a grand jury because his time was up, to me in August of 2020, so being that he got voted out, I was like OK, onto the next D.A.,” Robinson said of Fani Willis’ quick move.
Jamarion was well-liked by his friends and family, according to Robinson, and he was always willing to help anyone in need. Before attending Tuskegee University, he attended Clark Atlanta University.
Robinson has attended innumerable demonstrations and events, held press conferences, and painted murals throughout Atlanta to raise awareness of Jamarion’s fatal interaction with police during the last five years. “I was like, this is what I’m going to do, because you’re not going to utter my son’s name, so you’re going to see his face around every corner,” she explained.
Robinson is well aware that her struggle for justice is far from over, as Heinze and Hutchens’ fates will be decided in a pending trial. She’s since set up a GoFundMe campaign to cover the costs of hiring specialists and detectives to assist her with Jamarion’s case.
The US Marshals Service issued a statement to Atlanta Black Star, saying it is “aware of Senior Inspector Eric Heinze’s indictment by a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, and the purported accusations against him.”
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has completed its investigation and the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division has evaluated the shooting incident.”
According to the US Marshals Service, complaints of wrongdoing are taken seriously, and “Heinze will be put on administrative duty until the matter before Fulton County Court is adjudicated.” This is the first time in more than a decade that a deputy US Marshal has been charged with criminal conduct for firing a pistol while on duty.”
Atlanta Black Star also reached out to the Fulton County District Attorney’s office for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.