- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP) - A special grand jury convened to investigate the shooting of an unarmed cabdriver by an off-duty Long Island police officer expired with no charges brought.

Newsday reports it interviewed seven central figures or lawyers in the 2011 Huntington Station incident. It says all said they hadn’t been asked to testify before the grand jury.

It says a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota confirmed its findings. Spokesman Robert Clifford acknowledged Spota allowed the grand jury to expire last year without key witnesses being called. He wouldn’t say whether the grand jury called any witnesses.

Clifford said prosecutors were thwarted at every turn in its attempt to move forward.

Authorities say Officer Anthony DiLeonardo shot and injured the cabbie after a night of drinking. DiLeonardo was fired last year.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com


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