Prosecutor Argues Against Grand Jury in Farrow Case

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A special prosecutor assigned to investigate a police officer's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old West Memphis boy today told the state Supreme Court that a judge should not be allowed to have a grand jury conduct its own probe.

Prosecutor H.G. Foster argues that allowing the panel to investigate would open the door to multiple judges opening multiple investigations.

Foster says his investigation is continuing, and Foster argues that Crittenden County Circuit Judge Victor Hill does not have the authority to conduct his own inquiry.

Hill told the high court that he believed Foster had concluded his case by declaring that Sergeant Erik Sammis would not be prosecuted.

The court was packed with family members and supporters of Farrow, including his mother who wore a shirt with an airbrushed image of her dead son.  Two charter buses brought dozens of supporters, many of whom were turned away from the small courtroom.

The court gave no indication of when it would rule.

Farrow was shot June 22 while playing at an apartment complex that was the subject of a stakeout by officers.

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