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Indictment Handed Down in Deadly Police Crash

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By Catherine M. Welch

Wilmington, NC – A New Hanover County grand jury has indicted the man Wilmington police were chasing when an officer died in a car crash.

40-year-old Anthony Pierce was indicted on a second-degree murder charge and another charge in connection with the death of officer Richard Mathews last month.

Mathews was responding to a call for backup when he swerved to miss a box in the road and crashed into a tree. District Attorney Ben David says there are similar cases across the country supporting the charges.

"We understand that this going to extend existing precedent, there's not a case exactly on point with this one, but frankly we believe this is a fight worth having."

David says the State Bureau of Investigation and state Highway Patrol investigated the crash and an outside judge heard the case to maintain objectivity.

In a released statement, Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous thanked David for seeking the indictment.

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