Campus Greek News 2009

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Courtland Smith death leaves many questions

This article was published in the 2009 Year in Review issue of The Daily Tar Heel.

The death of junior Courtland Smith in August resulted in more than three months of questions about what led to police shooting him 40 minutes from Chapel Hill.

A report released Friday by Randolph County District Attorney Garland Yates provides many details into Smith's interaction with the two Archdale police officers. In the release, Yates also said he found officer Jeremy Paul Flinchum was justified in shooting Smith because Flinchum believed his and another officer's life to be endangered.

Some questions still remain, including why Smith was 40 minutes from Chapel Hill and why Smith's autopsy report was amended to remove details that the district attorney's statement confirmed.

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