MACON, Ga. -- Bibb County Superior Court Judge Tripp Self says he will allow autopsy photographs to be admitted for the first trial in the slaying of Bibb County sheriff's deputy Joseph Whitehead.
Lawyers for 27-year-old Damon Jolly had argued that the photos are too gruesome to show jurors.
Jolly is one of two men accused of opening fire during a drug raid on March 23, 2006. Prosecutor Gary Wood said the autopsy photographs will help an expert explain to the jury exactly what killed Whitehead, who was serving a "no-knock" search warrant at a Bibb County house.
The Telegraph of Macon reports (http://bit.ly/UfI6ca) that the judge ruled Monday that the photos will be allowed at Jolly's trial. The trial is scheduled to begin later this month in Savannah.