Although many are quick to argue the innocence or guilt of Tony Stewart regarding him hitting and killing fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr., it appears this case is far from over. After analyzing all the evidence pertaining to the case, the Ontario County Prosecutor’s Office has announced they will be presenting their findings to a Grand Jury.
News of the progression broke via Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo who explained that the case would be headed to the Grand Jury sometime in the, “near future.” Noting that it’s illegal to discuss when the jury would be set to convene, he refused to answer who would be called as a witness but said that Stewart may be called to the stand to testify.
Since the newest announcement, Stewart has come forward with a statement saying:
“I respect the time and effort spent by both the Ontario County District Attorney and the sheriff’s office in investigating this tragic accident. I look forward to this process being completed, and I will continue to provide my full cooperation.”
As police had announced last week the conclusion of their investigation, many facts were still being considered moving forward. Having acquired another two or three videos via cell phone footage, it appears the evidence has been analyzed and the Prosecutor decided that something was important enough to seek the opinion of a jury.
Now, this “important thing,” may be the simple fact that Ontario County officials just want to cover all their bases, and present the evidence showing that Stewart did no wrong. However, if he is innocent, the District Attorney has within his authority the right to stop pursuing a case and drop it entirely if they had found nothing criminal.
This fact has led many to believe that there is evidence indicative of criminal intent thus the need for a Grand Jury. Don’t let us make that assertion for you though, what do you think? Is this case headed to Grand Jury so that the DA covers all his bases, or could there be evidence of wrongdoing on Stewart’s part? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.