Case dropped against officer involved in deadly Taser incident

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Deputies Prizette Presberry, Matthew Sanderson and Chadrick Scott (WRDW-TV)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A Grand Jury is not moving forward on charges against a Richmond County deputy involved in a tasing that later ended an Augusta man's life.

The detailed report from the GBI crime lab blames 'the combined toxicity of cocaine methamphetamine and ethanol' in George Harvey's system as the chief cause of death, but there were other serious factors at play. Combine those drugs with an altercation with police and being tased 5 times, and the results turned deadly.

The Richmond County coroner confirms Harvey, 39, was tased by deputy Matthew Sanderson before he went into cardiac arrest. According to a news release, deputies gave Harvey CPR until EMS arrived on June 13.

The original indictment only named Deputy Sanderson. Deputies Prizette Presberry and Chadrick Scott were involved in the incident and put on administrative leave after the deadly incident on Gordon Highway.

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