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Grand jury doesn't indict Stonewall officer accused of killing Jonathan Sanders

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A Clarke County grand jury has decided not to indict Officer Kevin Harrington relating to the death of Johnathan Sanders, according to WTOK.

Harrington was accused of choking 39-year-old Sanders to death on July 8, 2015.

The grand jury reviewed all of the evidence and heard testimony regarding the investigation of Sanders' death. According to a report issued by the Clarke County Court, the jury determined Sanders died from Mechanical Asphyxia associated with Acute Cocaine Toxicity, which simply means the grand jury believed he choked to death after swallowing cocaine.

WTOK reports that toxicology reports were apparently consistent with the autopsy results.

They also determined there was no evidence showing a traumatic injury from Harrington and he was in the right to pursue Sanders based off the suspicion he was involved in drug activity.

Sanders' attorney has said that he was exercising his horse that night.

Harrington allegedly followed Sanders down a dark road as he went home. The officer reportedly did not have his lights on. Then at some point, Harrington hit his blue lights, startling the horse. 

Sanders was reportedly thrown to the ground.

Witnesses say Harrington allegedly put him in a choke hold and as he tried to escape, he said he couldn't breathe. He died on the scene.

According to witnesses, there was controversy over whether or not Harrington used a racial slur. Reports say that the jury did not find any truth to that. 

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