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Harnett DA: Livingston case to go before grand jury

Posted March 22, 2016 8:40 p.m. EDT
Updated March 22, 2016 8:50 p.m. EDT

— The Harnett County District Attorney said Tuesday that he plans to take the John Livingston case before a grand jury next month.

Livingston, 33, was shot and killed on the front porch of his Spring Lake home Nov. 15. by a Harnett County deputy.

Deputies arrived at Livingston's Everett Street home to investigate a reported assault. Witnesses say Livingston told deputies the couple they were looking for didn't live there, and when deputies asked to search the home, he refused because they didn't have a search warrant.

Deputies say Livingston became combative and was shot. A deputy suffered minor injuries in the confrontation.

An autopsy report states that Livingston was shot three times from an "indeterminate/distant range." One of the bullets passed through his left arm into his chest, while the others also passed through his arms and ended up in his upper back and around his collar bone.

Toxicology tests showed that Livingston had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 and had cocaine metabolites – chemicals created as the body tries to break down and get rid of cocaine – in his system.