Tony Stewart’s fate to be decided by grand jury

Tony Stewart (Getty Images)
Tony Stewart (Getty Images)
Tony Stewart (Getty Images)

The decision as to whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will face charges in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will be in the hands of a grand jury. The Ontario County (NY) District Attorney announced Tuesday that  the evidence gathered by the Ontario County Sheriff’s office will be presented to a grand jury for a final determination of what, if any, charges will be field.

The Ontario County New York Sheriff’s office completed its investigation into the death of Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandiagua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9 last week.  In a statement released Thursday September 4, Ontario County Sheriff Philip C. Povero, said the results have been submitted to District Attorney who will make a decision as to whether formal charges will be brought against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.  Tuesday the DA issued a statement saying that he will forward the evidence to a grand jury.

“Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter,” said Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo in an emailed statement.  MORE>>>

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