Man killed by Madison Co. deputies cleared in prior drug arrest

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MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — A man killed in a fatal deputy-involved shooting last September was cleared Tuesday by a grand jury in a drug arrest a month before his death. Dillon McGee, who was shot in Three Way after he was accused of trying to run over two Madison County deputies, was charged with possessing marijuana in Jackson in August of last year. His passenger that day, Robert Aspiranti, and two others also were arrested in August when officers allegedly found marijuana in the car they were riding in. Both McGee, Aspiranti and Charles Oliver III were cleared Tuesday by the grand jury. However, a fourth person, Nathan Welch, was indicted. He is accused of having three individually wrapped bags of marijuana during the stop. He is scheduled to be formally charged next Monday. Sergeants Tom Knolton and Terry Stewart were the deputies involved in the Sept. 26 shooting that killed McGee. In February, a grand jury declined to indict either of the men in the shooting. Investigators have said McGee was sitting in his car in the parking lot of a Maverick gas station with Aspiranti prior to the shooting. Deputies said when they approached the two to talk about an ongoing investigation, McGee took off, almost running over an unnamed deputy who opened fire.

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