Grand jury ruled to not indict person in Jasper Co. shooting death

Grand jury ruled to not indict person in Jasper Co. shooting death
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JASPER COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A grand jury ruled not to indict a person arrested in connection to the shooting death of a Jasper Co. teen that happened in March.

Brandon Miller was arrested for the shooting death of 15-year-old Cole Buchanan on March 7.

The district attorney presented the case last week.

The following is a statement from the district attorney:

"On August 17, 2016, the Court randomly selected eighteen people from the Second Judicial District of Jasper County to serve as grand jurors.  The State's presentation included facts, evidence, and eyewitness reports.  Law enforcement gave testimony.  State attorneys advised on legal matters.  In accordance with Mississippi law, the Grand Jury deliberated and voted in secret outside the presence of all witnesses, law enforcement, and state attorneys.  The foreman of the Grand Jury informed the State that they voted not to return a felony indictment.  The loss of this young life is heartbreaking and tragic.  Our sincere sympathy and prayers go out to those impacted."

No charges were filed against Miller because the teen's death was ruled accidental, according to Jasper Co. Investigator Robert Morris. But according to Morris, the case would still be heard by a grand jury.

Authorities were called to a mobile home on County Road 237 in the Moss Community after a 911 call came in around 8:45 p.m. Sunday, March 6.

Morris said the incident happened during a party. Morris said there was no altercation at the party, and about eight people were in attendance.

Buchanan was a student at Stringer Attendance Center.