District Attorney requests information in Club Aries shooting case

KINSTON, N.C. (NC) – The Lenoir County District Attorney said he asked for more information this week from the SBI before deciding if charges are warranted in a case where a trooper shot and killed a man.

District Attorney Matthew Delbridge said he made the request on Tuesday. He is not detailing what was in the request. The SBI told WNCT he needed clarification on a couple of points and plan to hand back the update within a month.

The SBI said it handed off its initial review of the March 2016 shooting to the district attorney’s office on July 15.

North Carolina Highway Patrol said Trooper William Hardison shot and killed 18-year-old Deriante Miller outside of Club Aries after Miller failed to drop a gun he pointed at the trooper.

Highway Patrol said the trooper had come to assist other law enforcement officers when a crowd of people started fighting at the club. Kinston Police said one woman was shot and they called in back-up.

Highway Patrol said Miller and another man ran towards Hardison and refused commands to stop and that Miller pointed the gun at the trooper.

Hardison has been with Highway Patrol for six years. The SBI said a district attorney cleared Hardison in the 2010 death of a man that happened when he was on the job.

The report said Hardison got into an altercation with Clayton James, a Hertford County man, during a traffic stop. Hardison tased James twice and he lost consciousness and died.

Hardison remains on standard administrative leave.

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