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An attorney in Georgia was indicted Friday on murder charges for allegedly driving his Mercedes on purpose into a prominent real estate investor and killing him after the investor hit his car with a golf ball.
Bryan Schmitt, a 48-year-old lawyer from Atlanta, "purposely steered his 2011 Mercedes CLS550 in the direction of” 60-year-old Hamid Jahangard on July 30, prosecutors allege in a press release from the Fulton County District Attorney’s office.
“Jahangard was struck by the vehicle and died two days later of blunt force trauma injuries to the head,” the prosecutors claim. “The fatal encounter stemmed from Jahangard accidentally striking Schmitt’s Mercedes vehicle with a golf ball.”
The incident happened in the victim’s driveway.
In a criminal complaint obtained by WSB-TV in Atlanta, Schmitt allegedly told investigators that while driving he saw a man standing on the side of road next to some trash cans making a “throwing motion with his arm, and I saw a white object strike my car.”
He claimed he stopped his car and confronted Jahangard.
"I rolled down my (window) to ask why he'd throw something at my car. He yelled at me to ‘(expletive)! It's none of your business!'" he claimed, according to court documents. "When I attempted to pull into the driveway he pushed a trash can at me. I swerved to right to miss it and ended up hitting a second trash can. When I came to stop, he was lying on the other side of the first trash can."
However, Jahangard’s brother, who was talking on the phone with him when he was struck, told investigators he heard his sibling yell, "I did not throw anything! I did not throw anything! Get out of my face," before the fatal incident, according to WSB.
A golf ball was recovered at the scene.
Jahangard was a prominent real estate investor and a native of Iran. He attended high school and college in Georgia.
Schmitt was arrested on Aug. 12 and indicted on murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault on Friday. He's being held without bond.
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