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Lawyer accused of killing real estate investor begins trial – WSB-TV Channel 2

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Testimony just wrapped up for the day in the murder trial of a metro Atlanta attorney accused of killing a major real estate investor.

Channel 2’s Michael Seiden was inside the Fulton County Courthouse as the state closed its case.

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The state ended late Tuesday night, but not before jurors heard from the lead detective.

The family gave Channel 2 Action News permission to share photos of the incident.

“The victim had suffered what we call a ‘raccoon’ of the eye, above and around the right eye socket, which is indicative of a massive skull fracture,” said Detective JT Williams of Sandy Springs.

Prosecutors showed the photos to members of the jury Tuesday morning during Bryan Schmitt’s murder trial.

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Schmitt, a metro Atlanta attorney, is accused of intentionally knocking down and killing Hamid Jahangard.

The prominent real estate investor and father of two died three days after being hit by Schmitt’s Mercedes in what investigators say started with an argument over a golf ball.

Jurors also viewed surveillance video of the incident from July 30, 2019.

Police said they obtained it from a neighbor’s security camera located directly across from the crime scene on River Valley Road in Sandy Springs.

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Detectives say in the video that Jahangard is seen outside in his driveway talking on the phone with a golf ball in his hand.

“He bounced it twice before the defendant got behind the wheel while on the phone,” Williams said. “And the accused is Mr. Schmitt’s car, you see him hit the brakes, so you see his hand go down just before he enters the screen.”

It is not known whether the bullet hit the defendant’s Mercedes, but you see him eventually turn around and stop in the middle of the road.

This is where prosecutors say he had a heated exchange with Jahangard just before he rammed him.

Schmitt’s attorneys dispute that and say what happened was a tragic mistake.

They say their client not only slammed on the brakes, but had no intention of killing or injuring the victim and was trying to pull into the driveway to steer clear of traffic.

The defense scheduled its first witness in the morning.

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