District Attorney Predicts Mallory Case will Go to Grand Jury - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/27/05

District Attorney Predicts Mallory Case will Go to Grand Jury

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The District Attorney's office tells NewsChannel 11, the death of a Coronado high school student is expected to go to the grand jury. The information comes one day after the medical examiner finished its autopsy report.

That report confirms Thomas Mallory died from a drug overdose last month. Toxicology reports showed ecstasy and marijuana in the 16-year-old's system. Medical Examiner Sridhar Natarajan said, "These drugs are so dangerous they can cause death just by taking them, they don't have to reach a certain level."

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Thomas Mallory: Autopsy & Toxicology Report
The Lubbock Medical Examiner released Autopsy and Toxicology reports late Tuesday afternoon in the death investigation of 16-year-old Coronado student, Thomas Mallory. Click here to view the complete report.

The medical examiner ruled the death an accident. But the report suggested a 4-hour lapse from the time symptoms appeared to the time 9-1-1 was called, could have contributed to Mallory's death. Now that the autopsy is finished, the report will go to the District Attorney's office.

District Attorney Matt Powell said he expects to see this case go to the grand jury in the next couple of weeks. When the D.A. receives a case, they have three choices; reject the case, file criminal charges, or send the case to the grand jury. Powell says because this is a death investigation it would be best to have 12-extra sets of eyes review their work.

Here's what happens in a grand jury hearing. 12 local people are chosen for the grand jury out of the regular jury pool. That group is picked the first Monday of the month, which means the next group will be chosen August first. It's up to the grand jury to decide if the case is worth pursuing.

Right now, the DA tells us it's been difficult to investigate because there are no named suspects and evidence is based on a lot of hearsay. They also said there has not been an overdose case that has resulted in criminal charges in the past eleven years. However, the Lamb County DA's office says they've filed criminal charges in two similar situations, which didn't result deaths.

The Mallory family has also hired an attorney to look into the possibility of a civil suit.

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Now that the Lubbock Medical Examiner has ruled the death of 16-year-old Thomas Mallory accidental, how likely is it that the Lubbock County District Attorney's office will be able to seek criminal charges? NewsChannel 11 discovered overdose cases resulting in criminal charges is more common than one may think.
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