By Adam Armour
Itawamba County Times
FULTON – An Itawamba County grand jury has exonerated 19-year-old Charles “Cody” Weaver of any criminal wrongdoing in the May 9 death of Sgt. John Collum.
The decision effectively deems Collum’s death an accident in the eyes of the law. Weaver faces no further criminal charges.
Weaver, of Fulton, was initially charged with negligent homicide after his Nissan Sentra struck and killed Collum on John Rankin Highway in Fulton about 10 p.m. on May 9.
According to Sheriff Chris Dickinson, 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, in June, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department released the results of a toxicology report on Weaver’s blood the night of the accident, which showed his system was clear of both drugs and alcohol at the time of Collum’s death.
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 struck and killed.