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Veteran prosecutor to take fatal Wal-Mart shooting

August 26, 2014
Associated Press

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general says a veteran prosecutor will present the case of a man fatally shot by police at a Wal-Mart to a grand jury on Sept. 22.

Mike DeWine said Tuesday that Hamilton County prosecutor Mark Piepmeier will lead the investigation into the shooting and present all the evidence in the case to a special grand jury.

DeWine says Piepmeier has prosecuted some of Ohio's biggest cases, including a deadly 1993 prison riot and many involving excessive police force.

DeWine again declined to release surveillance video of the Aug. 5 shooting of 21-year-old John Crawford III, saying he won't compromise the investigation.

Crawford's family says footage of the shooting that DeWine showed them prove it was unjustified.

Police say they shot Crawford for failing to drop an air rifle.



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