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Butler Co. coroner calls for grand jury in Heavenly Hafford case

Heavenly Hafford (Source: Family) Heavenly Hafford (Source: Family)
BUTLER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Bring in a grand jury. That's the latest call from Butler County's coroner in the controversial Heavenly Hafford hit and run case.

Jim Akers' investigation found the 13-year-old girl was killed in December 2015 by the first vehicle that hit her as she crossed a busy road in Poplar Bluff.

Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour said that finding led him to not formally charge the driver of the second vehicle that hit her moments later.

Now, Akers is pointing to Barbour's family friendship with that second man, saying a grand jury should be convened to impartially review all the evidence in the case.

Late on Monday afternoon, June 27, Barbour told us he's aware of the coroner's suggestion and is not going to comment on it.

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