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Family Attorney Outraged Over Inquest Delay

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LAS VEGAS -- The postponement of a Clark County coroner's inquest into the police shooting of Erik Scott at a Summerlin Costco is creating even more controversy.

An attorney for Scott's family is outraged, but Clark County District Attorney David Roger says there's a legitimate reason for the delay. Roger says for reasons beyond Metro's control, the original coroner's inquest date simply won't work.

The original date was September 3, the Friday before the Labor Day holiday weekend. But after meeting with investigators, the DA believes this case will take at least two days to present to the coroner's inquest jury.

"There are going to be a great number of witnesses who believe they saw something at Costco that day, so we felt we needed additional time," he said.

Both sides claim to have more than a dozen people who witnessed Scott's shooting on July 10. Attorney Ross Goodman, who represents Scott's family, has said all along he believes store surveillance video will refute Metro's claim that Scott posed a threat and pulled a gun on officers.

But now that the inquest has been postponed, Scott's family still doesn't know when they'll finally be allowed to see that videotape.

"We're now going on three weeks. What could possibly be a legitimate reason not to produce the video and 911 recording," asked Goodman.

According to Roger, county ordinances dictate that the coroner's inquest jury be the first body to see the evidence in a case. The DA says Metro has not even submitted the final paperwork in the case because people continue to come forward with information.

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