Prosecutor wants grand jury to investigate shooting of small-town mayor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday, June 3,2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina prosecutor wants the federal grand jury to investigate the slaying of a former small-town mayor shot to death by a police officer.

Prosecutor Duffie Stone on Thursday sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles informing him he would ask federal authorities to take over the investigation into the shooting of Bert Reeves.

The 40-year-old former Cottageville mayor was shot once in the chest on May 16 with a service revolver belonging to Officer Randall Price. No details of the shooting have been released, and investigators have said they weren't clear why the two ended up on the dirt road near where Reeves lived.

No working number could be found for Price, who was hired as a Cottageville officer in 2008. He has been placed on leave during the investigation.

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