DA: Grand jury will review shooting incident

Published 7:29 am Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Letting a grand jury decide if charges should be brought in a recent shooting is “the most prudent approach,” the district attorney said Tuesday.

Tom Anderson, district attorney for the 12th Judicial District, said his staff is working with the Troy Police Department to investigate a June 2 incident that resulted in the shooting of a Troy man.

The incident took place about 9:30 p.m. at a residence on Pike County Road 5513 near Livingston Crossroads. Police said a 35-year-old male and a 34-year-old woman were involved in a domestic dispute. During the dispute, another man – a 61-year-old – shot the younger man twice in the upper torso.

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Family members have identified the shooting victim as Michael Long and as of Tuesday he remained in critical condition in a Montgomery hospital.

No charges have been filed in the incident. Anderson said that is because investigators plan to present their findings to a grand jury, which will decide if charges will be filed.

“There are two ways a charge can be brought,” Anderson said Tuesday. “A complaint or warrant can be signed by an officer or it can be brought for consideration to a grand jury … when you go before a grand jury you basically say ‘Here’s the evidence. Here’s the potential charges. It’s up to you to determine if there is probable cause.’”

Anderson said taking a case to a grand jury “is not unusual … when it’s not clear cut.”

“There are so many extenuating circumstances that are still being followed up on,” he added.

Judy McGinnis, Long’s mother, said Monday she wanted more answers about the investigation.

“Troy is not giving us any answers, and my family and I … we’re going to demand justice,” McGinnis said.

The case could be brought before the June 28 grand jury.

“It’s more than likely going to be the (grand jury) at the end of the month,” he said Monday.