Texas grand jury announces murder indictment for Austin BLM protest shooting in 2020
Perry has also been charged with one count of aggravated assault and one count of fatal driving arising from the July 25, 2020 rally in Austin, Travis County District Attorney José Garza said.
The indictments indicate that Perry was charged with murder for shooting Garrett Foster and was charged with aggravated assault because he threatened a woman with imminent bodily harm while operating a motor vehicle in the direction of the wife.
The fatal driving indictment says Perry put pedestrians at risk by texting while driving, turning at a red light without stopping completely first, turning into an intersection where pedestrians were visible into the crosswalk and “entering a group of people into the roadway.”
Investigators presented 150 exhibits and testimony from 22 witnesses to the grand jury over three weeks, the statement said.
Garza expressed his sympathy to Foster’s family and friends at a press conference and said, “We take our responsibility to appear before the grand jury very seriously and in this case our office has presented a vast collection of evidence to the grand jury for review. . ”
Perry’s bail was set at $ 250,000 for the murder and aggravated assault case and $ 50,000 for the fatal driving misdemeanor case, according to the press release.
Suspect’s lawyer says protester pointed gun
Perry’s attorney, Clint Broden, released a statement saying Perry was a Fort Hood-based army sergeant who was working as a ride-sharing driver that night. He had just dropped off a passenger before turning into a street and encountering a BLM protest, Broden said.
Broden said several people started hitting Perry’s car and a man carrying an assault rifle approached the car and motioned with the rifle for Perry to roll down his window.
“Foster, the individual with the assault rifle, began to raise the AK-47 towards Sgt. Perry. It was only then that Sgt. Perry, who was carrying a weapon of fist in his car for his own protection, shot Foster because he believed his life was in danger, ”Broden said.
Broden said Perry did not drive his car through crowds in an attempt to injure people.
“To be clear, Foster’s death was tragic, and Sergeant Perry deeply sympathizes with the loss and grief experienced by Foster’s family. Nonetheless, that doesn’t change the facts,” Broden said.
Brian Manley, then Chief of Police for Austin, said officers responded to a call to 911 in which the caller said they had just shot someone who had approached the window of their car and pointed a gun at them.