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Grand Jury Considers Charges Against Former Deputy

A grand jury in Wilmington is spending a third day on whether to charge a former sheriff's deputy in the December death of an 18-year-old college student accused of stealing video game sets.

The panel deliberated yesterday and Monday in the case of former deputy Christopher Long.

Long was fired from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office after 18-year-old Peyton Strickland was shot in the head and killed during a police raid at the house he shared with friends in Wilmington.

Authorities say 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.


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