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Grand jury indicts Southport cop in shooting death of teen

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Brunswick County Grand Jury has indicted Southport police officer Bryon Vassey on voluntary manslaughter charges in the death of Keith Vidal, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Vidal was shot and killed in Boiling Spring Lakes Jan. 5.

A judge set bond for Vassey at $50,000 secured. Ofc. Vassey has until noon Wednesday to turn himself in.

We spoke with Vidal's father on the phone after the ruling. Mark Wilsey told us that the family is pleased with the ruling, but had hoped Officer Vassey would be charged with murder.

Two other officers involved, Ofc. John Thomas of the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department and Dep. Samantha Lewis of the Brunswick County Sheriff's office, were cleared of any criminal wrongdoing by an investigation by the SBI.

Vassey's attorney has said Vidal was trying to stab one of the officers with a screwdriver during an altercation at his family's home, and that Vassey acted appropriately. Records show Vassey shot Vidal less than two minutes after arriving at the home.

A news conference is scheduled at the DA's Office tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. to discuss the case.

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Southport police officer

As someone with seven current or retired relatives who have worked in law enforcement, I have high respect for the difficulties they encounter. When police officers bring shame to the profession, however, I have no stmpathy. The Southport police officer who killed a subdued teenager should have been indicted for murder, not just manslaughter.

Improved training is needed

The loss of this young man cannot be reversed but it certainly flags that better law enforcement and training is needed. When Ethan Saylor died under similar circumstances in Maryland last year the state took action at the governor's request. Officers need to know more about people with disabilities and mental disorders to act appropriately, lives might be saved going forward: http://m.fredericknewspost.com/news/crime_and_justice/honoring-ethan/art....

Vassey indictment

This looks like a situation where a taser could have been used to stop the attack on the officer without having to shoot the fellow in his own home.

Now if the father and mother

Now if the father and mother would have pulled a weapon and shot the officer would that have been a justified shooting. That is how it should have went down!!

Really?!?!

Im sorry, but a 100lbs kid with a screwdriver vs 3 police officers and Vassey acted appropriately? Seriously?? What a crock.

The Law and Sentencing...

Don't be surprised if "temporary insanity" of the officer charged is presented to a jury.
Providing the officer does not claim temporary insanity, in reference to the moment he shot this young adult, and then doesn't come across with the "Plea Bargaining" process...here's his court trial:

http://lawofselfdefense.com/jury_instruction/nc-206-40-voluntary-manslau...

Didn't they just shoot a

Didn't they just shoot a suicidal woman who's boyfriend called for help? Where is that full story?

Suicide

You mean the lady with the gun? Try to keep up.

Because her parents that called the police 36 times...

...because they couldn't handle her weren't there to complain about it and make accusations.

Good start

I'm happy to see this mess is going to be put in the hands of a jury instead of dismissed behind the closed doors of various Gov. investigative agencies. I'm not a cop hater and I respect that they have a difficult job, but they should nonetheless be held accountable for their actions regardless. A strong case for voluntary manslaughter seems evident in this instance, and I hope serves to remind law enforcement that the rule of law applies to them as well as the citizens they are sworn to protect. At the very least I hope this officer is never allowed back on the street with a badge or a gun.

good

Good.

drug test

Why is not drug testing mandatory for a cop when they kill or shoot a citizen? For that matter, there should be lots of other reasons they should be drug tested, imho....

They do idiot..

They do idiot..

Now, that would be unconstitutional...

...as ruled that we can't drug test public housing recipients for drug use. You know people in the places where all of the shootings and drug deals happen, but the peeps aren't really doing the drugs?

Why did it tak so long for

Why did it tak so long for the SBI to indict on of its own. Anybody else would've been tried already in a court of law plus a MUCH HIGHR BOND!

Are you serious? The SBI

Are you serious? The SBI does not control when the grand jury meets. They go when the District Attorney subpoenas them.

Shooting

If they had been tried why would they need a bond? I musta missed part about being indicted by SBI. Thanx for clarification

If you had any clue about

If you had any clue about the justice system, you would know that these cases drag out. It will probably be some time before this case gets to trial.

The purpose of a bond is to guarantee that the defendant will show up for his court dates. One of the things it is based on is flight risk and the severity of the charges. Voluntary manslaughter is a lesser charge than first or second degree murder and given this man's ties to the community, he doesn't pose a great flight risk.

I am sure they had the

I am sure they had the charges prepared for a while now. The grand jury meets the first week of the month, so they had to wait to present the charges to them until then. That is the difference between a grand jury indictment and an on view arrest. This is the normal process for anyone being indicted, not just "one of their own"as you say.

Calm down

You watch too much Law & Order, our judicial system is slow. This wont go to trial (if it does) until 2015 or 2016.

Prayers

Prayers

Thank you!!

Thank you!!

Mental Health Care

The neglect and non feasance of mental health care is monumental.

Can we believe science is doing what it is doing but psychology cannot deal with simple, common abberations such as schizophrenia? Science of the mind has been blocked by the church and government protecting the ultimate methods of secrecy from understanding and working directly with the unconscious mind.

Hippocrates rolls over in his grave as humanity FAILS to thrive within contrived, unreasonable fearful ignorance.

See my site http://algoxy.com/law for documentation of citizens extensive deprivations of justice and abridging of freedom of the press so no one knows the truth.