Grand jury meets in deadly deputy shooting

A grand jury in Martin County will soon decide whether to indict a Martin County sheriff's deputy for shooting and killing a man in Indiantown last year.

Jerry Richardson was shot October 2017 by Deputy John Welliever.

A grand jury met in Stuart on Wednesday to decide if an indictment should be filed in the case.

Several of Richardson's family drove from out-of-town to show their support for their brother and say the shooting was unjustified.

"I can say he was shot multiple times, and that it doesn't take that many times to bring a person down," said Richardson's cousin, Sandra Biven.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said Welliever encountered Richardson near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Charleston Street with a machete. After a scuffle, Welliever shot Richardson.

Richardson's brother told WPTV the machete never posed a threat to the deputy.

"Jerry was known to carry the machete, because not only did he cut hair, but he also did gardening and all of that," James Richardson said. "The machete was never taken out of his holster. It was never used as an attack weapon whatsoever."

Richardson said witnesses would testify to that and wants justice to be served. The sheriff's office is standing by Welliever's decision to shoot Richardson..

Once the grand jury's decision is made, the sheriff's office said it would provide further comment.

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