By Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

FULTON, Miss. (AP) - An Itawamba County Grand Jury has exonerated a 19-year-old man of any criminal wrongdoing in the death of a Mississippi wildlife officer.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal ( reported Wednesday that the panel’s decision regarding Charles “Cody” Weaver effectively deems Sgt. John Collum’s death an accident. The newspaper says Weaver faces no further criminal charges.

Weaver, of Fulton, was initially charged with negligent homicide after his car struck and killed Collum on John Rankin Highway at about 10 p.m. on May 9.

Sheriff Chris Dickinson has said Weaver had trace amounts of a controlled substance in the pockets of his clothing and inside the car on the night of Collum’s death, resulting in the arrest. However, a toxicology report showed his system clear of both drugs and alcohol.

Collum, a 15-year veteran of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, was investigating a report of a suspicious person when he was killed.


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal,

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