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podcasts: Breakdown

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast returns with hosts Bill Rankin and Christian Boone. In our seventh season, we examine the deadly police shooting of Afghanistan war veteran Anthony Hill. Hill was not only unarmed when he was gunned down in March 2015, he was naked. The 28-year-old was struggling with bipolar disorder and was off his medication. But Police Officer Chip Olsen didn’t know that when he responded to a 911 call about a nude man wandering around a metro Atlanta apartment complex in the middle of the afternoon. The AJC's Breakdown podcast is just that — the breakdown of the story and the systems. The largest newsroom in the southeast delivers investigations and true crime cases that you cannot find anywhere else.

Most Recent Episode:

S07, Ep4: Policing a mental health crisis

Topics: When Anthony Hill was killed by DeKalb County Police Officer Robert “Chip” Olsen in 2015 he became the latest casualty in a growing crisis: One in every four people shot and killed by police is suffering from mental illness. Why do police encounters with the mentally ill turn deadly so often? And would Hill be alive today if DeKalb had done more to train its officers? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Posted: October 15, 2019

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S07, Ep3: 'Impervious to pain, superhuman strength'

Topics: Former Police Officer Chip Olsen takes the stand in a risky gamble to try to get the murder charges against him dismissed. Does it pay off? And his lawyers push a controversial defense used by cops to justify the use of force. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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S07, Ep2: The road to indictment

Topics: Who is Chip Olsen? The cop who shot and killed Anthony Hill followed an unusual path to the force. We’ll tell you why it’s so rare to indict police officers who kill in the line of duty. And we’ll take you inside the surprising revelation that convinced the DeKalb DA to not only charge Olsen, but to charge him with murder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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S07, Ep1: 'They're here to help me'

Topics: On March 9, 2015, the manager of the Heights at Chamblee apartment complex called 911 to report that a man was wandering the grounds naked in the middle of the afternoon. Soon afterward, he was dead, shot and killed by the DeKalb County police officer who arrived at the scene. Who was Anthony Hill, the 27-year-old Afghanistan war veteran whose life ended that day? And how did he end up dead at the hands of police? We introduce you to Hill's life — his music and his family — as well his struggles with mental illness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Coming soon: The 7th season of Breakdown

Topics: Anthony Hill was a loving son, talented musician and an Afghanistan War veteran. In 2015, Hill was shot and killed by DeKalb County Police officer Chip Olsen, who was responding to a 911 call of a naked man wandering an apartment complex. Hill was unarmed and off of his medications. Olsen claims he acted in self-defense. In our new season of Breakdown, hosts Bill Rankin and Christian Boone tell the story of Hill's life and death, and will follow the trial of Officer Olsen, who is charged with murder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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S05, Ep11; The verdict on Tex McIver

Topics: The jury in the McIver murder case finally comes back -- after four days -- and delivers a confusing verdict that appears to say McIver intended to shoot his wife, Diane, but didn't intend to kill her. The closing arguments, four separate addresses by some of the best lawyers in Georgia, were every bit the spectacle that you'd imagine.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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S05, Ep10.5 The jury is out

Topics: The jury in the Tex McIver murder case gets the case and deliberates, and deliberates, and deliberates. One of the last things the jury asked for was permission to see, for a second time, the SUV in which Diane McIver was shot, AND they ask to take the .38 revolver with them to the car. So some of them sat where Tex sat and pulled the trigger that Tex pulled.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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S05, Ep10: Surprises from the defense

Topics: The state rests after putting up more 70 witnesses. The defense case-in-chief takes only 2 1/2 days. The mysterious masseuse, Annie Anderson, takes the stand. And the executor for Diane McIver's estate has a surprise in store for the prosecution. Then the defense rests, and we're down to couple of rebuttal witnesses from the prosecution.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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S05, Ep9 The cops vs. the DA

Topics: The prosecution puts up the chief homicide investigator in the Tex McIver murder case and then tries its best to show how deficient the police investigation was. Normally, the district attorney and the police are on the same side. But not this time. The police charged McIver with involuntary manslaughter, but the DA went with malice murder -- convinced that the Atlanta Police Department was letting McIver off too easy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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S05, Ep8: Killer, or just not a nice guy?

Topics: The prosecution in Tex McIver's murder trial completes its third week -- a sometimes grueling slog in which the state seemed to be throwing just about everything it can find at McIver. Some if it may not be provable, but none of it looks good. And that seems to be the point. If prosecutors can't prove McIver is a cold-blooded killer, can they sway the jury by suggesting that McIver is a man you can neither trust nor like? And, of course, Tex is helping the state build its case by doing the things he did after Diane McIver died. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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S05. Ep7: Dani Jo testifies

Topics: The state calls Dani Jo Carter -- the only witness to the shooting of Diane McIver. She is on the stand for more than two full days. She tells the prosecution that Tex McIver asked her to lie about being in the SUV that night. But she tells the defense that she stands by her earlier statements to police that Tex was asleep before the gun went off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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News

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  • The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals will face off in the 2019 World Series, starting with two games at Houston's Minute Maid Park before the teams head to Nationals Park in D.C. Want to follow all the action in the best-of-seven series? Here's what you need to know: >> Read more trending news  When and where are the games? Major League Baseball has released the following dates and start times for the Fall Classic: Game 1: Washington at Houston, 8:08 p.m. EDT Oct. 22 Game 2: Washington at Houston, 8:07 p.m. EDT Oct. 23 Game 3: Houston at Washington, 8:07 p.m. EDT Oct. 25 Game 4: Houston at Washington, 8:07 p.m. EDT Oct. 26 Game 5 (if needed): Houston at Washington, 8:07 p.m. EDT Oct. 27 Game 6 (if needed): Washington at Houston, 8:07 p.m. EDT Oct. 29 Game 7 (if needed): Washington at Houston, 8:08 p.m. EDT Oct. 30 What channel? Fox will televise the series. Fans also can tune in via ESPN Radio. What do I need to know about the teams? The Astros are no stranger to the playoffs, making appearances in four of the last five postseasons and winning the championship in 2017, according to ESPN. 'We're going back, to #TakeItBack!!' the team tweeted early Sunday.  Washington, meanwhile, is hoping to win the World Series for the first time in Expos/Nationals franchise history, despite appearing in five of the last eight postseasons, The Associated Press reported. The city hasn't had a team make it to the series since 1933, when the Washington Senators faced – and lost to – the New York Giants, according to MLB.com. – The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Bruce Springsteen made a boss move Saturday night, surprising a group of movie goers at an opening screening of his movie “Western Stars.” >> Read more trending news  Springsteen, a native of Freehold, delighted fans Saturday night at the screening at the AMC Loews Freehold Metroplex Cinema, the Asbury Park Press reported. “Thanks for coming out, thanks for supporting me all these years and enjoy ‘Western Stars,’” Springsteen told cheering fans, the Asbury Park Press reported. The film is a series of live concert performances by Springsteen of songs from his album “Western Stars.” The movie is set for wide release Oct. 25. 
  • After widespread backlash and concerns, President Donald Trump on Saturday said he will not be using his Miami golf resort as a host site for the 2020 G-7 Summit. >> Read more trending news  “We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately,” Trump said on social media. “Thank you.” The White House announced Thursday that the meeting would take place at Trump National Doral Miami, a golf resort owned by the president.
  • Ohio city leaders decided to solve a property dispute with a resident by cutting a building in half. >> Read more trending news  The city constructed a storage building for equipment, but part of the structure was on Brett Galloway’s property, WJW reported. Galloway has been working with city leaders since January but discussions ended without a deal. Instead, city leaders decided to cut the building in half and installed a chain-link fence. “It is pretty much the most ridiculous thing ever,” Galloway told WJW. “I don’t know who would think this is a good idea. I can’t use my property and they lost a building.” Officials plan to tear down the portion built on city land. They are unable to demolish the other section because Galloway would not let them on the property, WJW reported.