LILLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge says she will review more than 300 pages of documents on a state investigation into the fatal shooting of a man by Harnett County deputies before she decides if the records should be released to the public.
Media outlets report Superior Court Judge Gale Adams made her ruling after a hearing Tuesday. Attorneys for John Livington’s family requested the information as they prepare a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office in his November death.
Prosecutors say federal agents investigating the case don’t want the records released.
Livingston was shot on the porch of his home after refusing to let a deputy search it without a warrant. The deputy said he feared for his life after the argument turned physical.
A grand jury refused to indict the officer.