Quitman, Miss. A Clarke County grand jury declined to indict Officer Kevin Herrington relating to the death of Jonathan Sanders. The case raised questions after an altercation July 8, 2015, preceded Sanders' death. Herrington was being accused of choking Sanders to death.
The grand jury reviewed all of the evidence and heard testimony regarding the investigation. According to a report issued through the Clarke County district attorney's office, the jury determined Sanders died from mechanical asphyxia associated with acute cocaine toxicity, which means the grand jury believed he choked to death after swallowing cocaine. The report says toxicology reports were consistent with autopsy reports.
The grand jury also determined there was no evidence showing a traumatic injury inflicted by Herrington and he was in the right to pursue Sanders based on the suspicion he was involved in drug activity.
According to some witness accounts, there was speculation over whether or not Herrington used a racial slur; the jury did not find any evidence of that.