Belated Update: Wilmington NC Shooting
The 2nd degree murder charge against the sheriff’s deputy who shot an unarmed 18-year-old, Peyton Strickland [because he mistook the sound of the battering ram for gunfire from inside the residence] was rescinded by the DA’s office on Dec 12th, a day after the grand jury returned the indictment.
The grand jury foreman told the DA’s office he had ‘checked the wrong box.”
From msnbc.com (Dec 12th) :
Officials rescinded a murder charge Tuesday against a sheriff’s deputy accused of shooting an unarmed teenager who authorities believed had stolen video game consoles, after a grand jury foreman said he had checked the wrong box on the indictment paperwork.
The dismissal came a day after New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David announced the second-degree murder charge against Cpl. Christopher Long.
The grand jury foreman told a court Tuesday that he checked the wrong box on the indictment form by mistake, according to an order signed Tuesday by Superior Court Judge Ernest Fullwood. The foreman learned about the mistake after other jury members heard about the incorrect indictment from media reports.
A copy of the indictment filed as evidence Tuesday shows a checked box for a “true bill” of indictment crossed out, with a heavy mark made through “not a true bill,” followed by what appears to be the foreman’s initials and Tuesday’s date.
The development drew a quick reaction from Strickland’s family, which had praised prosecutors after they won the indictment against Long.
“Yesterday, our son’s murderer was going to have to answer for what he did,” Don and Kathy Strickland said in a statement. “Today, we just don’t know what is going on in Wilmington. We are upset, confused and searching for answers.”
[And thanks, MSNBC.com, for putting this in your “Games” section where it went unnoticed by me until today. Who would think to look there for updates on a shooting??]