Dueling demands in Walmart shooting case

John Crawford (Contributed Photo)
John Crawford (Contributed Photo)

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – Both Ohio’s attorney general and the family of John Crawford, III, held news conferences about the Walmart shooting case Tuesday.

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine says a special prosecutor, Mark Piepmeier of Hamilton County, will handle the case.  He will be assisted by assistant prosecutor, Stacey Degraffenreid.  He says all the necessary paper work cannot be filed by September 3.  The grand jury will now convene September 22.

Beavercreek police shot and killed John Crawford, III August 5 after they say he refused to drop a weapon.  The gun turned out to be a pellet gun that he took off a shelf.

The grand jury must decide upon charges.  Dewine says he still has no plans to release the video of the shooting incident itself, so that a fair and impartial jury can be selected.  “What’s important is that it’s not been publicly released.  I thought the family had the right to view it.  The mom did not want to view it.  I understand it.  The dad did view it,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine.  “To put the video out on TV is not the right thing to do.”

Attorneys for the Crawford family believe releasing bits and pieces of evidence to the public, such as the release of dispatch audio and video on the day of the shooting, is one-sided and biased toward the state’s case.

“Everything released is one-sided.  There is nothing favorable to John Crawford.  You can’t show different pieces, show it all, don’t trickle pieces to gain favor of the public, “said Michael Wright, Crawford family attorney.  Wright wants to see the release of events in chronological order.

Wright says the video shows Crawford standing in the direction of some shelves.  He say Crawford was talking on his cell phone and probably did not see or hear the police officer sent to the store to investigate.  He said in one frame you see Crawford on the phone, the next you see him on the floor.

Crawford’s father questions the timing of the state’s investigation.

“My main concern is the delay.  What’s taking so long?  I understand it’s a process, but frankly, I see stall tactics,” said John Crawford II.

2 NEWS’ Marsha Bonhart is working this developing story for you.  Complete coverage on 2 NEWS at 5.




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