The Arkansas Supreme Court says a Crittenden County judge does not have the authority to call a special grand jury to investigate the shooting death, by police, of a West Memphis boy.
Judge Victor Hill wanted a special grand jury to investigate last year's death of DeAunta Farrow.
Special prosecutors handling the case objected. They said their investigation was still open and that it was inappropriate for the court to conduct its own probe simultaneously. The Supreme Court agreed, leaving the case to the prosecutors.
Farrow, 12, died after he was shot June 22 by a West Memphis police officer who said he thought the boy was carrying a gun and refused to obey orders to halt. Police were on a stakeout at an apartment complex near where the child was playing.
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