Even though the 385th Grand Jury reached a no-bill verdict, they actually could have made 1 of 3 choices when dealing with the case.
They could true-bill it, which means there's enough evidence to move the case into a criminal hearing.
The jury could pass it, which means they want to hear testimony from officers, witnesses, or anyone else involved to see if there's a case.
And finally, they could no-bill it, which is what they did.
This means they don't believe there's enough evidence to indict anyone on criminal charges, including Dale Wayne Hayden, the driver of the truck used in the parade.
"The Grand Jurors are not there to determine guilt or innocence," said Midland County District Clerk, Ross Bush. "They're just there to determine if there there's enough evidence to go forward."
Now that the no-bill verdict is in, the Bush tells us the case will be dropped and will not go into a criminal hearing.
However, this verdict does not deal with the civil lawsuits that the victims from the accident have filed against Union Pacific and Smith Trucking.
At this time there are two different lawsuits pending, each representing different victims from the November accident, and each seeking monetary damages.
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