February 5, 2015 | The grand jury handed down a no bill for the Prissy Chrissy Shooting that occurred last year, according to District Attorney Jerry Rochelle.
The grand jury handed down a bill of indictment for charges against Skye Hargrove for DWI, Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, according to Rochelle.
Johnathon Lee Hill, 35, and Timber Rena Taylor, 19, were shot and killed on Hargrove’s ranch on October, 28 2013.
On Dec 2, 2013 Hargrove was arrested on DWI, Unlawful Carrying of a weapon, and possession of methamphetamine charges after he hit a parked car.”
The grand jury issued the no bill because of “insufficient evidence at this time”, stated Rochelle.
Texarkana Defense Attorney Jason Horton explains the grand jury process:
When a case is presented to the grand jury, the accused is not usually present. The District Attorney’s office presents their case, which may or may not include witnesses, to a group of Bowie County citizens, and those citizens make the decision as to whether sufficient evidence exists to formally charge, or indict someone for a crime. The proceedings are secret and are not recorded, unless the accused is present and testifies.
The grand jury has two options: (1) indict the accused for the offense; or (2) no-bill the case for insufficient evidence. “No-bill” means that the grand jury was not satisfied that the evidence presented by the DA’s office met the threshold to formally charge the accused with the alleged crime. If circumstances change, like recovery of additional evidence, the DA can present the case to another grand jury at any point before the statute of limitations expires. Once the statute of limitations expires, the accused can no longer be prosecuted for the charged offense.
The estate of one of the victim’s from the shooting at Prissy Chrissy Ranch filed a wrongful death lawsuit on August 4, 2014. The Estate of Johnathon Lee Hill filed the claim on behalf of his four minor children and his parents.
The driver of the parked car that Hargrove hit is also suing him.