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Special prosecutors named in West Memphis boy's death

Two special prosecutors have been named to review the Arkansas State Police investigation into a police officer's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old West Memphis boy.

Circuit Judge David Burnett has appointed H.G. Foster of Conway as special prosecutor and John Jack McQuary of Benton as special deputy prosecutor to review the investigation into the June 22 death of DeAunta Farrow.

Prosecutor Brent Davis, whose office serves Crittenden County, asked to be excused from the case. The state police investigation continued Friday.

The FBI also is investigating. West Memphis police say the boy was outside playing with a friend while two officers were on a stakeout of an adjacent apartment.

Police have said the boys ran by, yelling, and officers told them to stop.

Police say Sgt. Erik Sammis fired when it appeared Farrow was holding a weapon and moved.

DeAunta's family say he was carrying only chips and a soda. His mother has filed a lawsuit over the boy's death.

Sammis has been placed on paid suspension, pending the results of the investigation.

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