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Army Sergeant indicted on charges in connection to shooting of BLM protester Garrett Foster a year later

U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Perry turned himself in to the Travis County Jail on Thursday. (F. Clinton Broden/Broden & Mickelsen)

Almost a year after the shooting death of Garrett Foster, a Black Lives Matter protester, U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Perry will be charged with murder, deadly conduct and aggravated assault in connection with the killing.

Tony Plohetski with KVUE and the Austin American-Statesman reports a Travis County grand jury made the decision to charge Perry on Thursday. He turned himself into the Travis County Jail but has since posted bond in the amount of $300,000 and was released from custody.

Travis County District Attorney José Garza said over 150 pieces of evidence and testimony from 22 witnesses led the Court to the decision in a three-week hearing.

The incident took place on July 25, 2020, as protesters took to the streets of Austin in continuous protests stemming from the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Foster actively participated in protests with his wife, a quadruple-amputee. He was carrying an AK-47 at the time.

Perry was completing a ride nearby as an Uber driver when he says he shot at Foster in self-defense after Foster approached his car, according to his lawyer. Perry, who was stationed in Killeen, took a lie detector test in October to defend his statement. While, the polygraph examiner found "no deception indicated," per his lawyer, the Austin Police Department at the time said witnesses have described several different versions of the incident.


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