published: 11 May 2017
The Justice for Caroline Small group that sought a new grand jury to review the Brunswick mother’s 2010 brutal police shooting death announced this week its plan to scale back efforts to reopen the case.
The group’s decision comes after a 20-month campaign failed to persuade Gov. Nathan Deal, Brunswick District Attorney Jackie Johnson and other officials in Georgia to assign a special prosecutor to bring the case before a new grand jury.
In a letter dated Monday to supporters, the group — which formed out of a close-knit circle of church friends in Tallahassee where Small grew up — said it was out of options for now and would be scaling back its efforts.
“It’s difficult. It’s hurtful,” said Karen McGehee, Small’s mother. “It’s very disappointing and it brings up lots of hurt because this was my child that was shot….It’s not like we are saying we give up, but there aren’t any doors open right now,”