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No timeline for Zahra indictment

February 1, 2011

The District Attorney's Office won't provide a timeline for a possible indictment in the Zahra Baker case, saying they'll take their time reviewing the massive case file.

Hickory Police Department submitted its case file Monday detailing interviews, documents and other data in the investigation of 10-year-old Zahra's death. Now, the District Attorney's Office is charged with sifting through that information, which amounts to more than 30,000 pages of documents.

Assistant district attorney Eric Farr said he couldn't speculate about how long it will take before findings in the case are presented to a Catawba County Grand Jury, who would could decide to indict someone on charges related to Zahra's death.

Farr said video footage in the file alone totals more than 120 hours. The District Attorney's Office must sort through that information and then prepare a presentation for the grand jury.

The next two meetings of the grand jury are Feb. 7 and 28.

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