Grand Jury Considers Charges Against Former Deputy

Prosecutors are asking a New Hanover County grand jury to decide if a former sheriff's deputy should be charged in the December death of an 18-year-old college student accused of stealing video game sets.

A judge took the unusual step yesterday of allowing former deputy Christopher Long to testify to the grand jury, which meets in closed session.

Long was fired from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office after Peyton Strickland was shot in the head and killed during a police raid at the house he shared with friends in Wilmington.

\ Authorities said Long mistook the sound of a police battering ram for gunshots and fired through Strickland's front door, hitting Strickland. He was suspected of beating another student and taking two PlayStation game consoles.