Jason Warner was killed last fall, but Fulton County, Ga., prosecutors brought drug charges against the Atlanta man this spring, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says. “Judge, I think he’s dead,” a probation officer said when Warner’s marijuana possession case was called in court last week. The judge ordered the case “dead docketed,” a legal status akin to being in permanent limbo.
Warner’s mother, Virginia, said she was “shocked” to get a notice about a month ago for her deceased son to appear in court. He was killed in a shootout in November. “How would we have known he was dead?” said district attorney spokesman Erik Friedly. “If you write a story and say we indicted a dead man, it sounds crazy.” He said the district attorney’s office handles about 17,000 cases a year. “We just wouldn’t necessarily know unless we had some particular reason to have contact with someone who had presented [that information] to us. We had no idea at the time he was dead,” he said.