Suspect in trooper's killing was just out of jail

This undated photo provided by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office shows Gregory Favors. Favors, a 30-year-old man with an extensive criminal record was charged Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 in the shooting death of a Georgia State Patrol trooper who was killed after trying to pull over a driver for a minor traffic violation, authorities said.

 

ATLANTA — Fulton County court officials are reviewing the case of a 30-year-old man suspected of killing a state patrol trooper who had been released from jail several times this year despite concerns from pretrial officers.

Court records show Gregory Favors had been arrested three times this year on charges of fleeing police, and each time he was granted bond even though a pretrial services officer had recommended against it.

Favors was charged with murder in Monday's shooting death of Chadwick LeCroy. Favors' attorney said he plans to plead not guilty.

Fulton County's chief Superior Court and State Court judges said Thursday they are reviewing Favors' criminal history and plan to "work with all involved in the criminal justice system" if there are issues to be addressed.

Favors has a lengthy record that includes 18 arrests in Fulton County.

He was most recently arrested Dec. 11 on drug and attempted robbery charges and was released three days later, according to Fulton County Jail records.

The Fulton County Superior Court's pretrial services program recommended during a Dec. 13 court appearance that Favors not be released, Chief Judge Cynthia Wright said in a statement. She said court officials are now reviewing the case.

Favors was driving in a busy corridor in northwest Atlanta when LeCroy tried to make the routine traffic stop, authorities said. Favors sped away, and less than two minutes later crashed his car on an embankment, with the driver's door wedged into a brick mailbox, Keenan said.

When LeCroy approached Favors' car, dash-cam video footage showed that Favors suddenly opened the passenger door and fired three rounds, hitting LeCroy once in the neck, Keenan said. He then drove off in LeCroy's squad car and ditched it a few blocks later. He was arrested several hours later, authorities said.

LeCroy's funeral has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at the Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta.

Favors plans to plead not guilty to the charges, said defense attorney Michael Mann. He described his client as scared and depressed, and noted that his previous charges were for nonviolent crimes.

"He's been arrested before, but he's never faced charges anywhere close to as serious as this," Mann told reporters outside the Fulton County Jail.

"It's easy to put up 18 arrests and say this is a bad person, therefore he must have done this. But bad people are sometimes innocent of what they are accused of and good people are sometimes guilty of some things they are charged with."

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