Second grand jury declines to indict driver in death of 7-year-old Amiya Braxton

Braxton was hit by the driver’s vehicle on Oct. 4, 2016, on Old Highway 9 in Pontotoc County.

Posted: Jan 8, 2018 10:49 AM
Updated: Jan 8, 2018 9:29 PM

PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) – A second grand jury has declined to indict the driver who struck and killed 7-year-old Amiya Braxton as she was getting off her school bus in 2016.

Braxton was hit by the driver’s vehicle on Oct. 4, 2016, on Old Highway 9 in Pontotoc County. Law enforcement said the passing motorist came from behind the bus and veered down the shoulder instead of going into the opposite lane.

A Pontotoc County grand jury didn’t indict the driver in September 2017. District Attorney John Weddle says a newly empaneled grand jury met last Wednesday, January 3. The grand jury deliberated and declined to indict the driver.

Weddle says the case was represented due to additional statements received by his office; one of which provided additional material testimony.

“This is the second grand jury to consider both indictments for both manslaughter and Nathan’s Law,” Weddle stated

Nathan’s Law requires motorists to stop at least 10 feet from a school bus when loading or offloading children.

Last Wednesday, the Braxton family held a news conference inside the Pontotoc County courthouse stating they had more than 2,600 petition signatures calling for Weddle re-present the case to a grand jury again.

“Cases such as this are heartbreaking. Our prayers are continually with the Braxton family in the loss of Amiya,” Weddle stated. “The members of the grand juries that considered this case did so carefully with the greatest amount of concern. The correct legal process has been followed and we must respect their decision.” 

The Braxton family will hold a news conference today at 11 a.m. in Pontotoc. 

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