MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Local 15 News has learned new information about the deadly shooting on the University of South Alabama's campus. Deputies originally thought Collar was on LSD, but Friday we found out that was not the case.
Freshman Gil Collar was shot and killed by a USA officer after Collar appeared naked outside the police station. He was shot when he refused to obey any of the officer's demands.
Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said after interviewing several of Collar's friends, they say Collar had taken a powerful and often lethal hallucinogen called 25-I.
Rich said only one laboratory in the United States knew of the substance that Collar had taken that night. After testing his blood, they found that 25-I is what caused him to act so erratically. This comes as a Mobile County grand jury ruled Friday the USA campus police officer that fatally shot Collar, Trevis Austin, will not face any charges in the case.
Rich said the person who sold Collar the 25-I at Bayfest last year for about $10, will also not face any charges though there was even talk that the dealer could have faced murder charges for contributing to what cause Collar's death.
"25-I is not listed as a controlled substance so, therefore, I can't go after the person that sold him that. And believe me there is nobody that wants to see that young person pay for being responsible for bringing that in to our community than I do," said Rich.
Rich said she presented the grand jury's findings and evidence in the case to Collar's family Friday. She said although they are still very upset and confused, she said part of their grieving process will be contacting their local representatives to make sure 25-I is added to the state's controlled substance list.