Last July during her lunch break in downtown Atlanta, 26 year old Brittany Watts was ambushed and shot dead by a young (black) security guard named Nkosi Thandiwe, who then shot two other (white) women.
Killer Nkosi Thandiwe
ATLANTA — Lawyers for a (black) man accused of gunning down three (white) women in midtown Atlanta want the state to help pick up the tab for his defense.
Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston went to a downtown courtroom where the suspect was in court Wednesday. Police said Nkosie Thandiwe opened gunfire in a parking garage, killing Brittany Watts in July.
Watts’ family sat two rows behind Thandiwe in court. His mother was sitting next to the Watts’ parents.
After judge Kelly Lee ruled Thandiwe is competent to stand trial, the defense, who is taking the case pro bono, requested that the state help pick up some of their costs.
“He does not have funds and we can proceed on specific requests outlining specific needs that we can address,” defense attorney John Garland said.
But another attorney said that shouldn’t be necessary if Garland is taking on the case pro bono. Lee determined that Thandiwe was not indigent and promised to make a final ruling later in the week.
Thandiwe worked as a security guard in the midtown parking ramp where, police said, he shot Watts, took her car and then shot two other women at random. One of the surviving victims was hit in the leg and the other was hit in the spine, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.
Last month, the victims and their families filed suit against Thandiwe and the security company he worked for.
Channel 2 Action News has learned... Thandiwe demonstrated an intensely negative attitude toward another race, which was unnamed. About a month prior to the shooting, Thandiwe had an altercation with a visitor with the parking garage.
Documents state he assailed a visiting courier with racial epithets and had to be physically restrained by company personnel from striking and causing harm to visitors.
Thadiwe is still in Fulton County jail. His defense team has asked the court for a mental evaluation. According to documents found before the shooting, there was another act of violence, Huddleston reported.
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