Former Atlanta Officer's Conviction Overturned

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Court of Appeals has overturned the
conviction of a former Atlanta police officer sentenced to prison for lying to FBI agents about the killing of a 92-year-old woman during a botched drug raid.

In overturning the verdict against Arthur Tesler, the court said Fulton County prosecutors failed to prove where the crime was committed.

A Fulton County judge sentenced Tesler to 4 1/2 years in prison and six months probation last May.

Kathryn Johnston was killed by a barrage of bullets fired by officers who stormed into her home in November 2006 with a no-knock warrant.

Two other officers pleaded guilty to state and federal charges. Tesler, who did not fire a shot, has pleaded guilty to federal civil rights charges and faces sentencing next month.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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