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District Attorney Now Has Teen Death Investigation

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On Tuesday, Lubbock police turned over their report to the district attorney's office. It's the D.A.'s job to determine if a crime was committed the night 16-year-old Thomas Mallory died after taking ecstasy. But in this case, it may be up to 12 people instead.

Because this case has received much publicity, Assistant District Attorney Matt Powell says more than likely, it will go before a grand jury for them to decide if a crime was committed.

Here's what we know about the Mallory death.  Friends told police he took ecstasy, he became violently ill, but his friends failed to get him help until a couple of hours had passed.

If the toxicology report rules Mallory’s death as an overdose, Powell says it's rare those cases are prosecuted. "Because the decedent in that case was a willing participant in that cast, there's usually not an investigation. It's rare we've seen this type of investigation in this level of interest in that investigation," said Powell.

However, Powell says they will need some time to review the statements and the police reports. They are not sure when it will be presented to the grand jury. Because this case is going to the grand jury the toxicology report will not be made public.

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