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Hinds County Grand Jury: Not enough evidence

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A number of people charged with serious crimes are now free. We are talking about people charged with murder, sexual battery, kidnapping and the list continues. Those charges were dropped, instantly because the grand jury found there was not enough evidence to proceed with the cases.

Our cameras caught investigators raiding the Jubilee Food and Deli Mart January 16. Inside, bags of opium, illegal guns and electronics confiscated. Eight people were arrested and charged, but they're free today.

Why? A grand jury put the men on a no bill list. Meaning, sufficient evidence was not presented to warrant criminal prosecution, therefore dismissing the charges.

Twenty-three year old James Mangum was behind bars, charged with murder. He is now back on the streets of Jackson after the grand jury claims there was not enough evidence to keep him locked up.

Back in June, Jackson Police said Mangum turned himself in following the shooting death of 35 year old Dexter Myles.

And the list goes on. Jerryl Roberts and Ladarrian McCray had murder charges dropped. Jackson Police detectives believe McCray was responsible for killing Dearquis Williams back in May.

Eugene Christmas was accused of holding his child's mother hostage for one week, while raping her. The woman was able to escape and Christmas was charged with sexual battery and kidnapping. Those charges have also been dropped.

Jackson Police and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith had no comment about the grand jury's rulings.

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