Rayford Meeks, Jr. and Bennie Meeks have been released from custody after a Carroll County grand jury sent down a no bill for the two in connection with the murder of Darius Davis of Pickens.
"We can't give any information on what the grand jury does," District Attorney Doug Evans said. "But this was one unusual case."
Both Rayford and Bennie Meeks have been in custody for the alleged murder of Davis, who has been missing since August 2012. Rayford Meeks, who was being held at the Carroll-Montgomery Regional Correctional Facility since January, had allegedly confessed to his involvement in the case and told investigators where Davis' body was left.
His uncle Bennie Meeks was being held at the Holmes-Humphreys Regional Correctional Facility in Lexington.
Rayford Meeks allegedly confessed to state and local authorities, which consisted of Carroll County and Holmes County deputies and agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, that his uncle had shot Davis and left his body in Carroll County in a highly-vegetative area east of the Duck Hill exit near the Montgomery County line. Neither Davis' body nor any evidence in the case was found in an extensive search of the area.
When Holmes County Sheriff Willie March was informed of the grand jury's decision not to indict, he said he was disappointed that the charges were dropped.
"I think this is unfortunate," March said. "This is especially unfortunate for the victim's family who is seeking closure from this tragedy."
According to Carroll County Sheriff Jerry Carver, if more evidence can be found in this case, charges could be refiled against Rayford and Bennie Meeks.
"We can always bring them back if there's enough evidence," Carver said.
For months, law enforcement officials searched the area but found nothing as a result. Even cadaver dogs were used for hunt for evidence.
Last fall, Holmes County authorities got a break in Davis' missing person case when a video was discovered allegedly showing both Meeks men filling a car - a Lincoln in which March said Davis was last seen - with gas at the BP gas station in Lexington.
March said he obtained information that Rayford Meeks, Jr. was in Chicago and contacted authorities in Illinois. March confirmed that Rayford Meeks, Jr. and the Lincoln were found in Chicago by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Blood was allegedly found inside the Lincoln by the FBI, according to March.
As for Evans, he concurred with Carver and stated reopening the case if further evidence is found.
"Any case can be reopened with new evidence," Evans said.