(Las Vegas, KXNT)- An open murder charge placed on California youth pastor Robert Cox has been dismissed, but it’s not over for the pastor. The case is in the hands of the grand jury for possible indictment.

Robert Cox, 35, was arrested last month in California for his alleged role in the death of 55 year old Link Ellingson. He spent 6 days in jail.

“While I was in jail, I received support not only from my church and my city but churches and people all over the world,” said Cox.

According to reports, Cox was eating at a local restaurant with members of his church when they were approached by Ellingson, who allegedly assaulted members of the group, including Cox. Reports say Cox grabbed the man and they both fell to the ground. Ellingson hit his head on the floor. He died from his injuries 6 months later. Cox has claimed he acted in self-defense.

“I’m completely innocent. I only defended myself and my family…and I will be exonerated,”added Cox.

The group from A Place of Refuge Church in Manteca,California was passing through town as part of a “ministry outreach trip” according to the church’s website.

Cox’s attorney says his client has been cooperative with police throughout their investigation. No word on when a decision is expected from the grand jury.


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