By Luke Kenton and Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com
Published: 17:30 BST, 6 September 2020 | Updated: 17:39 BST, 6 September 2020
Jacob G. Thompson, 27, was charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in connection to the incident in Screven County
A Georgia judge has denied bond for a former Georgia State Patrol trooper accused of murder in the August shooting death of a 60-year-old Black man who refused to stop for a broken tail light.
Screven County Judge F. Gates Peed on Friday ruled that it ‘would be inappropriate’ to grant bond at the moment for Jacob Gordon Thompson, given the facts of the case.
Thompson, who is white, attempted to stop a Nissan Sentra driven by Julian Lewis on August 7 that had been driving on Stoney Pond Road with a broken tail light at around 9:20pm.
Lewis refused to stop and the two engaged in a brief chase down several county roads. Reports indicate that Thompson used a Precision Intervention Technique (PIT) and forced Lewis’ car into a ditch.
The officer then fired one round at Lewis, fatally striking him in the head.
On August 7, Thompson fatally shot 60-year-old Julian Lewis after trying to stop him for a broken tail light on Stoney Pond Road at around 9.20pm
In an incident report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Thompson wrote that he shot Lewis in the forehead because he thought that the man was going to run him over.
'At some point, I heard the engine on the violator's vehicle