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Charles Kleinert Indicted for Manslaughter

By Brandon Watson, May 12, 2014, 4:49pm, Newsdesk

Charles Kleinert was indicted today on manslaughter charges by a Travis County grand jury for the fatal shooting of Larry Jackson, Jr. The former APD detective turned himself in this afternoon, and was immediately released on bond.

The jury ruled that Kleinert "did then and there recklessly cause the death of Larry Jackson by striking and by attempting to strike Larry Jackson with the defendant’s hand while holding a loaded firearm.”The indictment also said that Kleinert created a "substantial and unjustifiable risk" in his attempt to seize Jackson while holding a loaded firearm.

Mayor Lee Leffingwell, the Austin Police Monitor, and the Austin Police Department sent out similar statements saying they respected the jury's decision. Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg also released a statement, saying "Because this is a pending case, no documents will be released and the District Attorney’s office will have no further comment."

Manslaughter is a second degree felony. If found guilty, Kleinert faces prison time of 2-20 years and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

More background on the case available here, here, and here.

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