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The defendants asked federal Judge Dudley Bowen, to throw out the suit. Judge Bowen says the wrongful death lawsuit against the defendants can go forward. On Monday, Bowen said there are many factual questions about the raid that should be settled in a trial. He also wrote that jurors may consider Harrell's credibility for "gratuitously publishing false statements of DNA evidence purporting to link David Hooks" to methamphetamine that was found with the informant. In a videotaped deposition, Sheriff Harrell admitted releasing the wrong information about the death of David Hooks. In a publicly released statement, Sheriff Harrell wrote: “Rather than pick and choose out of context excerpts from days long depositions or pleadings from a lawsuit filed by the widow of David Hooks or – for that matter threats against his family, I, Sheriff Harrell will stick to the issues and to the truth. The truth is that probable cause existed for the execution of a knock and announce search warrant at the Hooks residence in 2014. Sworn officers of the Laurens’s County Sheriff Office properly sought and secured the search warrant from an independent magistrate and attempted to properly serve that warrant. The failure of David Hooks to comply with the clear and multiple announcements of the uniformed officer of the Sheriff’s Office and Mr. Hooks’ decision to point a weapon and continue to point it at law officers at close range was the reason for this unfortunate death. Out of respect for the proper law enforcement process, I, Sheriff Harrell sought to show restraint in not responding to outlandish and ultimately disproven claims and accusations from the representatives of Mr. Hooks and his widow, the media and others during the investigations required by law. Those investigations effectively vindicated the Sheriff and the officers of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff then and in all day to day operations of his office has sought to uphold the law for the people of Laurens County. Neither efforts to twist and spin the facts nor threats of violence will deter Sheriff Harrell from fulfilling his lawful duties to the people of this great community." No trial date has been set on the lawsuit.