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Trial date set for detective accused in teen’s shooting death

A poster showing Keith Vidal made by family and friends. (Source: WECT) A poster showing Keith Vidal made by family and friends. (Source: WECT)
Bryon Vassey (Source: Brunswick Co. Sheriff's Office) Bryon Vassey (Source: Brunswick Co. Sheriff's Office)
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

A trial is set to begin on Feb. 15, 2016, for the Southport Police Detective accused of shooting 18-year-old Keith Vidal, according to Ashley Bullard with the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office.

Detective Bryon Vassey was charged with voluntary manslaughter after he allegedly shot and killed Vidal at his home on President Drive on Jan. 5, 2014.

Vidal's parents had called police for help after they say he was suffering from a schizophrenic episode and was carrying a screwdriver in his hand.

Three officers, one from the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department, one from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, and Vassey, with the Southport Police Department, responded to the scene.

Vidal’s stepfather said officers had his son down on the ground after tasing him several times, before Vassey arrived to the scene.

Vassey's attorney, however, previously told CNN that Vidal attacked the officer with a screwdriver.

A grand jury indicted Vassey on the voluntary manslaughter charge in February 2014, after listening for hours to all of the facts.

"After I reviewed the case I found that a crime almost certainly did take place," District Attorney Jon David said in a previous statement. "It was a 'bad shoot.' A grand jury has agreed."

After an internal investigation, the responding deputies from the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office and the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department were cleared of any wrongdoing.

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