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Follow Live: Grand jury indicts Jake Gardner for manslaughter in death of James Scurlock

Follow Live: Grand jury indicts Jake Gardner for manslaughter in death of James Scurlock

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Special prosecutor Fred Franklin announces charges in the shooting death of James Scurlock. 

A grand jury will bring a manslaughter charge against a 38-year-old white bar owner in connection with the shooting death of a 22-year-old Black Omahan during May 30 protests in downtown Omaha.

After hearing testimony and reviewing evidence for four days and deliberating for a day, grand jurors on Tuesday also returned a charge of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, attempted first-degree assault and terroristic threats related to James Scurlock’s death.

In explaining the charges, special prosecutor Fred Franklin said Omaha police continued their investigation into the shooting after Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine decided not to charge Gardner. Investigators interviewed approximately 60 people as part of their investigation, Franklin said.

Stay with Omaha.com for more on this developing story.

Follow live as officials hold a press conference to release the results of a grand jury investigation in the shooting death of James Scurlock by Jake Gardner.

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