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Posted: October 2, 2009 4:36 p.m.

Grand jury does not indict Anita King, Stephanie Casola

Friday the Newton County grand jury considered charges of disruptive conduct at a funeral service, criminal trespass and unlawful placement of signs against Anita King and Stephanie Casola, who picketed at Lanny Barnes funeral. Barnes had previously been convicted of murdering King's 2-year-old daughter Avery, after he ran over her and several members of her family at McDonald's on Highway 278.

After considering all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the events of July 2, the date of Lanny Barnes' funeral, as well as the applicable law, the grand jury decided not to return any indictments in the case.

"As far as the State of Georgia is concerned, this brings the matter to a close," said Ken Wynne, Alcovy Judicial Circuit district attorney. "I hope that all of the families involved, as well as this entire community, will be able to move forward and not be bound by events of the past."

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