"I've been doing this 32 years, it's never happened before," WSB-TV reporter Jim Strickland told ABC News. "I tells me that Mani was interwoven with the FBI in Atlanta deeply enough that he can make one phone call and they're instantly calling me to find out exactly what the story is."
In an interview with ABC News, Chulpayev confirmed that agent Jackson had served as his handler.
Chulpayev's lawyer, Plumides, said the agent asked for the gifts and $3,500 in cash at the very time Chulpayev was under investigation for the murder.
But he said the agent told his client the requests were for "lawful law enforcement purposes."