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Yazoo County manslaughter case dropped

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YAZOO COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

In October 2012, a Yazoo County Grand Jury decided Michael Bates struck his wife, 28-year-old Kelley Bates, with his vehicle and killed her by culpable negligence. The incident happened in October 2011.

The two had arrived home from a wedding, and allegedly had an argument in the driveway. Their two children were not there at the time.

Bates was charged with manslaughter in the death of his wife. But now, the case has been dismissed.

According to court documents, the District Attorney's office states it would not be able to meet the burden of proof. Michael Bates is the only witness to the incident. He drove his wife to the hospital and his blood alcohol level was found to be negative. The victim had alcohol in her blood, however.

The victim's mother, Myra Cookie Thomas, signed an affidavit stating she supports dismissal of the case, and she wasn't forced to say so. But Kelley's Aunt, Lanie Thomas Roberts, of Louisiana, and co-administrator of the victim's estate, wants a jury to decide.

"I want it to go to trial, and I want the evidence to be presented," Thomas Roberts says. "I'm going to come up next week. I'm going to ask to speak with the D.A. As co-administrator of her estate, and the voice of my late brother, it would be courteous for the D.A. to speak with members of the Thomas family," Roberts says.

Roberts says she's made repeated calls to the D.A.'s office and has not received a call back. She has also contacted the Attorney General's office.

"It's very hard to move on knowing what we know, the justice system not pressing forward for justice for a young woman who was killed," she says.

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