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07-12-07, 08:58 AM #1
Grand Jury refuses to indict former Deputy Sheriff in shooting death. Unfortunately, it's too little too late, as this guys career is over.
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- A grand jury Wednesday declined to indict a former sheriff's deputy in the shooting death of a teenager accused of stealing video game consoles.
State prosecutors unsuccessfully sought an indictment against Christopher Long on a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Peyton Strickland. Grand jurors deliberated for more than an hour.
Strickland was a suspect in the beating of a University of North Carolina at Wilmington student who was robbed of two PlayStation 3s.
During a raid of Strickland's home in December, Long thought he heard gunfire when a battering ram hit the home's door and opened fire through the door. Strickland was struck in the head and near his right shoulder, according to an autopsy.
"The failure of the grand jury to indict Long on any charge compounds our family's tragedy," Strickland's family said in a statement.
"Our unarmed 18-year-old son, Peyton, was killed when Chris Long, a deputy sheriff, fired three bullets from a submachine gun through the front door of Peyton's house while he was answering the unlocked door," the statement said.
New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David announced in December he had won a second-degree murder indictment against Long, but the charge was withdrawn after the grand jury foreman said he mistakenly checked the wrong box on the indictment form.
David turned the case over to the state Attorney General's Office, which did not immediately return calls Wednesday seeking comment.
12-02-07, 04:00 PM #2
Term, what was the outcome of this incident? Did the State AG decline prosecution?Don't Be Afraid To Fail.
No Tengas Miedo Al Fracaso.
12-02-07, 07:08 PM #3
It was a lot of political bullshit. The officer was mistakenly indicted by the grand jury (they checked the wrong box, literally). They ended up clearing it up. Basically, the officer wasn't indicted but left law enforcement.
12-03-07, 12:32 AM #4
There are a lot of very, very good cops who have been screwed over by the system, had their careers trashed and have been essentially forced out of LE. The only ones who benefit are the scum and the lawyers.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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12-03-07, 03:09 PM #5
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