ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia’s top court unanimously upheld the conviction of a former member of a violent revolutionary group who evaded prosecution for 30 years before he was found guilty of killing an Atlanta police officer.
Freddie Hilton was convicted in 2003 of the killing of Officer James Richard Greene, who was shot and killed in his patrol car in 1971 at an Atlanta gas station.
Hilton was a member of the Black Liberation Army, a group that advocated killing policemen to protest racial discrimination. Greene’s badge and gun were taken after the shooting, a mark of the revolutionary group.
Hilton, who is now known as Kamau Sadiki, said the trial judge made a series of errors and asked for a new trial, but the court said the evidence was “sufficient” for a jury to find him guilty.