Meridian resident seeks DOJ involvement in death investigation

Published: Oct. 15, 2019 at 10:16 PM CDT
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A Meridian resident addressed the city council Tuesday saying she wants the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen the Christian Andreacchio death investigation.

Cara Divelbliss has asked the administration and city council to get the DOJ involved in the case. She made the request during the citizens comments agenda.

"I was speaking about calling the Department of Justice to come in and cover the Andreacchio case because there's been a lot of cover up and a lot of things not addressed on it," said Divelbliss.

Christian Andreacchio's 2014 death was ruled a suicide by the Meridian Police Department and by the Medical Examiner's Office.

The attorney general's office also reviewed the case and considers it closed after a grand jury decided not to indict two people in connection with the 21-year old's death.

In August, district attorney Kassie Coleman announced her office remains ready to receive and review any new evidence in the case, but would only resubmit it to a grand jury if and when new evidence is received.

Andreacchio's family, Divelbliss and a vocal group of supporters have wanted authorities to reopen the case and now want federal authorities to review how the case was handled.

Ward 5 councilman Weston Lindemann told Newscenter 11 the council didn't want to vote on the matter Tuesday and is following procedure to see how to move forward with the request.

Lindemann said a decision could be made as early as November 1st.