A Clayton County grand jury has declined to indict Clayton County Sheriff’s Office jail staff who were involved in the November 2022 death of Terry Lee Thurmond, a Hapeville man living with mental illness who died after officers restrained him.

The Clayton County Medical Examiner had ruled Thurmond’s death a homicide. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation had investigated the case and referred it to Clayton County District Attorney Tasha Mosley’s office for prosecution.

Ellonte Johnson, Randy Gaddy, Dionte McCauley, Fred Denson, Derrick Doyle and Danilo Jones have been under Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training investigation for their role in the incident.

CCSO incident reports indicated the officers were trying to restrain Thurmond after he allegedly tried to jump off a tier to the floor below.

More to come.

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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