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Grand jury considers charges against former deputy


NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- A New Hanover County grand jury is deliberating on whether to indict former county Deputy Chris Long on manslaughter charges.

Testimony from all four witnesses wrapped up around five p.m. Tuesday. The fourth witness to testify was Peyton Strickland's father.

He drove down from Raleigh Tuesday morning.

Tuesday NewsChannel 3 obtained a statement taken by Long the night Peyton Strickland was killed. In it Long states how his superiors emphasized the risks in serving the search and arrest warrants and that he was wearing an outfit clearly labeled "sheriff."

Former Deputy Chris Long was in court Monday testifying before a grand jury in the case of the shooting death of Peyton Strickland.

Special prosecutors from the attorney generals office presented an indictment of voluntary manslaughter in New Hanover County grand jury Monday.

Chris Long is under investigation for killing 18-year-old Peyton Strickland on December 1, 2006.

Long and members of the New Hanover County Emergency Response Team were trying to serve arrest and search warrants on Strickland at his home off Long Leaf Acres.

According to previous statements by investigators, Long fired three shots through Strickland's front door because he thought he heard gunfire coming from inside.

Monday Long got a chance to testify about the events of that night.

The judge presiding says he let Long testify for three reasons:

  1. Because of all the publicity the case got
  2. The wrongful indictment that followed shortly after
  3. He was a law enforcement officer.

We'll never know what was said in the grand jury because what is discussed is kept secret by law.

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Its very sad anytime someone loses his life, however when you live a life of crime.... especially violent crime... a loss of life is expected.