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Grand jury: Gunshot death an accident

Updated: February 12, 2009, 6:43 PM ET
Associated Press

LUCEDALE, Miss. -- A star Mississippi high school football player accidentally shot himself with his shotgun after he was pulled over during a traffic stop, a grand jury ruled Thursday.

Billey Joe Johnson, 17, a junior at southern Mississippi's George County High School, died of a wound to the left side of his head on Dec. 8 after a deputy pulled him over for running a red light.

After an initial investigation, authorities said the blast had been self-inflicted. The grand jury was ...

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