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Updated: 6/12/2014 8:02 pm
FULTON, Miss. (WTVA)-- After a thorough investigation by the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department and MBI, Sheriff Chris Dickinson says new evidence shows the collision that killed Master Sergeant John Collum, was not a homicide.

“That night there was evidence that put us where we were. Continuing the investigation- it’s gotten us to where we are now,” said Dickinson.

Prior to the fatal accident, Collum was investigating a reported prowler on John Rankin Highway, when he was struck and killed by a car driven by 19-year-old Cody Weaver. Weaver was traveling 75 miles per hour at the time of the accident.

"There had been marijuana use inside the vehicle at some point. There were remnants of a controlled substance in his pocket, but now what we are interested in, is what is in your system," said Dickinson.

And the toxicology report, Dickinson says, came back clear.

"As law enforcement agencies, it is not our job ultimately to prove innocence or guilt. That's the court's responsibility. It is our responsibility to gather the evidence, go through the evidence, be thorough with what we do and seek the truth," said Dickinson.

The fate of Weaver now rests in the hands of an Itawamba County Grand Jury.

"We are not going to pursue the negligent homicide. We are simply going to take the evidence, this file here, to the Grand Jury next week and allow them to review it, give them the facts and let a court of law determine what and if anything else needs to be done," said Dickinson.
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