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December 18, 2007

Valdosta - A lawsuit accusing the Manager of Reed Bingham State Park of wrongful death has been dropped.

The family of 20 year-old Curtis Wright sued Chet Powell, saying he was responsible for the wrongful death of their son and used excessive force.

Wright was killed at the park in December of 2005.

Powell tried to arrest Wright for breaking into a vending machine. Wright tried to stab him with a screwdriver and reached for Powell's gun. Powell shot him in the chest.

The GBI cleared Powell of all charges, saying he acted in self defense.

A federal court judge in Valdosta agreed. Judge Hugh Lawson says there wasn't enough evidence to support the Wright's suit and it was dismissed.

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