FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida deputy charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a man carrying an air rifle cannot delve into secret grand jury proceedings under a judge's ruling.
The judge on Thursday rejected an attempt by the lawyer for suspended Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Peter Peraza to obtain details about a grand juror whose daughter was arrested on drunken-driving charges before the case was presented to the panel.
The question is whether the juror had a conflict in the Peraza case or a bias against law enforcement.
Peraza faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted in the July 2013 killing of 33-year-old Jermaine McBean, who was carrying an unloaded air rifle. Peraza has pleaded not guilty.
McBean's family has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit.