James Scurlock

22 year-old James Scurlock

Jake Gardner has been indicted for manslaughter in the shooting of James Scurlock this past May.

Gardner, a white man, claimed self-defense after fatally shooting 22 year-old black man James Scurlock outside of his and his father’s bar, The Hive in Omaha, Nebraska during ongoing protests over George Floyd’s death.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine originally determined that Gardner acted in self-defense and charges were not filed against Gardner.

A grand jury was put together following Labor Day. Today, the jury reached a decision to proceed with a trial against Jake Gardner.

According toKETV7, “Gardner has been indicted on the following counts: Manslaughter, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, attempted first-degree assault and terroristic threats.”

Amid the protests earlier this summer, Gardner was seen with a handgun outside of The Hive that night. 

According to the Omaha World Herald, if convicted on all charges, Gardner “could face up to 95 years in prison.”

Omaha Mayor, Jean Stothert commented on the grand jury’s decision to move to trial.

“I ask everyone to accept the grand jury’s decision and respect the confidentiality of the grand jury process. The case against Jake Gardner will now move to trial. The U.S. Constitution guarantees all defendants, including Mr. Gardner, a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury. My priority now will be to keep our citizens and the city safe,” Stothert said.