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    Georgia has denied clemency for Andrew Brannan, 66, a decorated Vietnam War veteran convicted of murdering a 22-year-old sheriff's deputy in 1998. Brannan's execution is scheduled for Tuesday evening.

    "In reaching its decision, in addition to hearing testimony during the meeting on Monday, the Board prior to the meeting had thoroughly reviewed the parole case file on the inmate which includes the circumstances of the death penalty case, the inmate's criminal history, and a comprehensive history of the inmate's life," said a Monday statement from the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

    Brannan's attorneys had hoped his sentence would be found unconstitutional.

    His defense attorneys claim Brannan, who served in Vietnam in the early 1970s, was suffering from post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorder at the time of the shooting and was off his medication.

    In a petition filed Monday with Butts County Superior Court, Brannan's attorneys requested Brannan's life be spared because "executing American combat veterans whose service-related mental impairments played a role in subsequent violent conduct violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and analogous provisions of the Georgia Constitution."

    The document went on to say "death is inappropriate for those with diminished capacities to understand and process information, to communicate, to abstract from mistakes and learn from experience, to engage in logical reasoning, to control impulses and to understand the reactions of others."

    Attorneys Joseph Loveland Jr. and Brian Kammer, who represent Brannan, say that the death penalty is reserved for the "worst of the worst" offenders who commit murder and that Brannan does not fit that category. They contend his mental problems were directly related to his combat service and defense of the country's interests and ideals.

    The killing of Laurens County Deputy Kyle Dinkheller was captured on the deputy's dash camera just outside Dublin, Georgia. Versions of the video have been uploaded to YouTube.

    Brannan is seen in the video confronting Dinkheller after being pulled over for driving almost 100 mph in his pickup.

    Brannan appears to be confrontational from the start, acting irrational as the deputy tells him to keep his hands out of his pocket. He then mocks the deputy and at one point seems to dance around yelling, "Shoot me," at Dinkheller. Brannan then yells that he is a Vietnam veteran. He lunges at the deputy before he runs back to his truck, grabs a rifle and begins to shoot.

    The video goes on to show a heated gunbattle as both men hide behind their vehicles for cover. Bullets appear to pierce the windshield of the deputy's car. Brannan's car door window shatters above his head.

    In the video, Dinkheller and Brannan are shot and wounded in the battle. Brannan advances on the deputy, and off camera, you hear the deputy scream before Brannan repeatedly shoots him and then flees the scene. Dinkheller died, leaving behind a wife and child.

    Brannan, who had no criminal record before the shooting, was convicted of the murder in 2000.

    Defense: Crucial testimony never heard

    During the trial, attorney Kammer says the defense presented evidence that Brannan suffered from PTSD but claims that crucial testimony from a Veterans Affairs doctor treating him was never heard.

    His sentence was appealed, and a judge ordered a new sentencing trial, but that was later overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court.

    Dinkheller's father, Kirk Dinkheller, posted on his Facebook page this month that "January 12, 2015 it will be 17 years since my son Kyle was murdered in the line of duty and on January 13, 2015 his killer will finally be held accountable. Nothing will ever bring my son back, but finally some justice for the one who took him from his children and his family."

    Brannan is scheduled to die of lethal injection at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

    I've seen that video too many times in my various use of force classes at both my academies. I pray that Deputy Dinkheller's family has some peace now.
    "If the police have to come get you, they're bringing an @$$ kicking with them!"
    -Chris Rock

  • #2
    Rest in peace Deputy Dinkheller. I've seen that video a lot also in training.


    • #3
      Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

      "I pity guys like you, I truly do. Everything you own and have you can thank the job for and still you despise it. I don't understand how any man can choose a career, hate it from the beginning, not have the balls to leave, and then complain about it once he's retired."

      -Thee Rant (surprisingly)

      Originally posted by NYCTNT

      Why do you bother?


      • #4
        He will be missed by no one important.

        Unlike Deputy Dinkheller & his family
        Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

        My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS


        • #5
          Burn in he..ll!
          Now go home and get your shine box!


          • #6
            It seems that the prosecution was able to prove BARD that Brannan knew full well what he did and why he did it.

            RIP Officer.
            It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.


            • #7
              ____ him

              He should have died at 3:35pm on 1/12/98.

              Kyle Dinkheller should be eating dinner with his family right now.


              • #8
                I hadn't seen that before, that was awful. I wish the officer would have started shooting well before he did. He gave the order to put the gun down and after 1 or 2 times ...

                The way that monster hunted him down, he earned his trip down death row.

                Rest high on that mountain Officer Dinkheller!


                • #9
                  He was enough in his right mind to know he was gunning down an officer. All the rest is, in the words of Lt. Sam Weinberg from the movie "A Few Good Men", "just smoke-filled coffeehouse crap".
                  It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.


                  • #10
                    Andrew Brannan is now facing his final judgement.

                    And I think we all know which way that one will go.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by that's my hand View Post
                      I hadn't seen that before, that was awful.
                      Yes it was awful. I've watched it about 5 times over the years. You want to say to Deputy Dinkheller: "Shoot him! Shoot him!" But he can't hear you. Deputy Dinkheller tried to give the shooter every chance to resolve the situation without violence. I sympathize with that idea. I could have made the same mistake (if I was a LEO): I want to believe that people are good. But some are not.

                      I watched the recent video in the news, showing Billings, Montana Police Officer Grant Morrison, right after he killed a suspect. That video, along with the Dinkheller video, should be shown to people who believe that cops like to shoot people, or as they call it, "trigger-happy cops".

                      [edit]: facebook page of the father of Deputy Kyle Dinkheller. The latest post by him is sweet & simple: "Justice has been served. 8:33. Pm —" https://www.facebook.com/kirk.dinkheller

                      [edit]: check out the re-enactment video posted there: it's not an accurate re-enactment (as discussed in the comments there), but it is a very similar situation, it seems quite real to me.
                      Last edited by Max K; 01-14-2015, 12:27 AM.

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                      • #12
                        --> There is no need to use the names of cop killers. "POS", dbag, etc work just fine.

                        Deputy Kyle Dinkheller is the only name we should be using.
                        All Gave Some - Some Gave All



                        • #13
                          I yell "PIKACHU" before I tase someone.


                          • #14
                            I will forever remember Deputy Kyle Dinkheller's name, and that video will forever be etched in my mind. It is a sobering reality of how quickly the crap can hit the fan.

                            The "In the Line of Duty" video on this went on to point out something that bears remembering -- ESPECIALLY in these days around us now. I can't remember the exact specifics and can't find the details now, but the ITLOD video stated that there had recently been another OIS, and that the department had gone through some reeducation of some sort about the UOF. They think that because of this, it may have caused Deputy Dinkheller to double think his actions/responses, costing him what could have been life saving seconds. Please know, I am in no way questioning him or his reactions, just stating what was stated in the video.

                            I point that out as a reminder to us all. With the scrutiny being placed on UOF, I am afraid the same thing is going to happen again, if not already. Maybe I am just typing this to remind myself, I don't know. But at any rate - please guys - be safe and remember - hands kill. Crap goes down quick.


                            • #15
                              All it takes is a millisecond to alter the outcome of any UOF incident...

                              RIP Officer Dinkheller.



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