A Fulton County judge on Tuesday granted a $500,000 bond to fired Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe, who is charged with felony murder for the June 12 killing of Rayshard Brooks.
Fulton Superior Court Judge Jane Barwick made her decision after finding Rolfe was not a risk of flight and posed no significant risk of committing a crime or intimidating witnesses while out of custody.
Barwick’s decision followed emotional testimony by Brooks’ widow, Tomika Miller, who asked the judge to deny bond.
“My husband did not deserve to die,” Tomika Miller said. ” I lost my best friend. … He was a loving, caring, wonderful father and the best husband I could ask for. He had the brightest smile and the biggest heart.”
Miller became so overcome with emotion she had to pause for several moments to collect herself. She expressed anger at Rolfe for allegedly kicking Brooks as he lay stricken on the ground and for waiting two minutes before rendering first aid.
“My family has suffered so much,” she said. “My husband did not deserve to die. … My husband wasn’t perfect but he didn’t deserve to die.”
The hearing was held in Barwick’s courtroom, which was open to the public. But Rolfe, his lawyers, prosecutors and Miller attended the proceedings via Zoom and they could be seen on a large monitor in the courtroom.