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