Wilmington, NC – District Attorney Ben David has turned the Peyton Strickland shooting death case over to the state Attorney General's Office.
David says he could no longer handle the case because whatever action he took someone would see a conflict of interest.
Last December former New Hanover County deputy Christopher Long helped issue a warrant for Strickland when the teen was shot and killed inside the doorway of his Wilmington home.
David says maintaining trust with area law enforcement also factored into the decision.
I have a continuing duty to advice the law enforcement community. Their trust in the process and my office should be considered.
Long's attorney says his client is waiting for the case to make its way through the legal system.
Christopher Long has already been exonerated once, loud, clear and unmistakably by the grand jury.
McGuiness says he hopes the public will consider his client innocent until proven guilty.