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Tony Car Case goes to grand jury

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

A new development in the Tony Carr case.  The Fort Benning fire inspector was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer in 2011, after the MEA Federal Credit Union was robbed.  A grand jury will hear the case Tuesday. Carr's brother Michael Carr arrived in town Monday.

Michael Carr joins the local NAACP at the site where his brother, Tony Carr died.
He's in town as the D.A. is expected to take the case to a grand jury.

The NAACP claims the D.A.'s office left the public in the dark during the investigation.  Michael Carr says the D.A. had more than enough time to have some answers by now but lately, they're looking to him for help.  "If I got a hold of these witnesses, I see them on all kinds of blogs and newspapers, why doesn't the D.A. have it? Why is the D.A. asking me to have the people contact her, just as recently as a few days ago, when you've had 20 months to conduct your investigation," said Michael Carr. 

"This is 'we the people' so the community has a vested interest in the outcome of this case...and to my knowledge she has not kept the community as informed as she could have," said NAACP President Nathaniel Sanderson. 

The incident started with a robbery at the MEA Federal Credit Union on Macon Road.  Police say the suspected bank robber got into Carr's truck.  Both men were shot and killed by Columbus police officer Vincent Lockhart Jr.  "He killed my brother, for which he committed no crime and it took the D.A.'s office a year to clear my brother's name and they knew from day one he didn't do anything," said Carr.

Officer Lockhart is on paid administrative leave.  Carr and the NAACP want the case to go to trial soon.  Carr says the investigation has lasted too long, and justice for his brother's death is overdue. 

Carr says the case will go to the grand jury at 10 a.m. Tuesday.  News 3 did reach out to District Attorney Julia Slater for this story.  Slater's assistant said she was unable
to make a comment because she was in Harris County Court.

Brandice Hudson

Brandice Hudson is a weekend anchor and digital journalist for WRBL News 3. She comes to Columbus from sunny West Palm Beach, Fla. More>>

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