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Aug 15, 2013 9:15 AM by AP/CS

Security guard cleared in nightclub shooting

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury has declined to indict a security guard who fatally shot Corey Kaufman in August 2012 outside a Baton Rouge nightclub.

Afterward, Kaufman's mother vowed to keep fighting for the justice she said her 32-year-old son deserves.

The Advocate reports Kaufman's family sued the nightclub, security guard David Lockhart and others in October, claiming Lockhart used excessive force when he fired multiple times through Kaufman's windshield as the Baker man was attempting to leave. The suit says the shooting did not occur on club property.

After hearing from witnesses July 17 and again Wednesday, the grand jury declined to indict Lockhart on charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide.

An attorney representing the Kaufman family said the grand jury's decision will not affect the suit.


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