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Barway Collins' father indicted on first-degree murder charge

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Pierre Collins, accused in the death of his 10-year-old son Barway Collins, was indicted by a grand jury Monday and now faces first-degree premeditated murder charges, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced Monday.

The indictment was handed down on Thursday.

Pierre Collins, 33, was initially charged with second-degree murder in his son's death.

In Minnesota, any crimes that carry a potential life sentence (such as first-degree premeditated murder) must be brought by a grand jury through an indictment, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office says. If the grand jury determines there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed, the charges are issued via the indictment.

If the grand jury finds there isn't enough evidence, then there is a “no bill.” To protect the independence of the grand jury, court rules and state laws require grand jury proceedings be kept confidential.

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Barway Collins, a fourth-grader, was last seen after school on March 18 near the apartment building where he lives in Crystal.

His body was found nearly a month later in the river, at the North Mississippi Regional Park, near 53rd Avenue North and Lyndale Avenue North in Minneapolis.

Pierre Collins was charged two days after the boy’s body was found floating in the Mississippi River. The man has publicly denied any involvement however.

Pierre Collins waived a court appearance on the indictment Friday. His next hearing is July 7.

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