Grand Jury No Bills Howard County Teen

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

HOWARD COUNTY - A Howard County teen will not face charges in retaliation to the death of his friend.

District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson says a grand jury has decided not to indict 19-year-old Jeffery Ray Pearson.

17-year-old Michael Robert Creel's body was found alongside of Longshore Road after somehow falling out of bed of a pick-up driven by Pearson.

Investigators say Pearson confessed to being at fault.

The grand jury did not find enough evidence to prove Pearson was at fault.

Pearson is not out of the woods yet.

He could face D.W.I. charges filed by the County Attorney.