"Culpable": 5 Indications That Christian Andreacchio Might Not Have Died By Suicide
The podcast “Culpable” is reportedly offering $100,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
On February 26, 2014, Meridian, Mississippi resident Christian Andreacchio, 21, was reportedly found dead in his apartment, slumped over the bathtub with a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities allegedly conducted a 45-minute investigation and ruled it a case of suicide. Controversy has reportedly surrounded that ruling.
Andreacchio's family members said they’ve never believed he died by suicide. They continue to seek facts in the case, according to In Touch Weekly. They have reportedly enlisted the help of private investigators, forensic experts, police departments, government agencies, and others.
In 2019, Tenderfoot TV and Black Mountain Media launched the podcast "Culpable," which focuses on Andreacchio's death. The popular show's creators claim the case should be reopened and investigated as a homicide. The podcast is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction, Business Insider reported.
Here are allegations made by "Culpable" that purportedly suggest Andreacchio may have been the victim of foul play.
Andreacchio's Friend & Girlfriend Were Allegedly With Him When He Died
Two individuals were allegedly in the apartment when Andreacchio died. They are reportedly identified as his girlfriend, Whitley Goodman, and his friend, Dylan Swearingen.
According to The Clarion-Ledger, police name Swearingen and Goodman in arrest warrants. They each allegedly tested positive for gunpowder residue on their hands, People magazine reported.
A 2017 grand jury reportedly declined to return indictments for Swearingen and Goodman.
Adreacchio's mother, Rae, reportedly said she was not surprised by that outcome. She alleges authorities did not talk to key figures in her son's life and failed to present the alleged findings of expert witnesses hired by the family.
"It's all based on what information they give to the grand jury," Rae Adreacchio told the Meridian Star. "So, when you give no contradicting information because you haven't spoken to anyone that would contradict anything, then, of course, it's going to be a suicide. We were kind of prepared for it."
Experts Hired By Christian Andreacchio's Family Claim They Found Evidence Contradicting Suicide
According to People magazine, Andreacchio was right-handed, but police allegedly found the gun responsible for firing the fatal shot down by his left leg.
Forensics experts hired by the family reportedly claim blood spatter found inside the apartment, and a bullet hole near the sink indicates Andreacchio could not have fired the killing shot while kneeling over the tub, as police reportedly allege.
Multiple Individuals Have Reportedly Expressed Frustration With Authorities
Andreacchio's family members have claimed to have had little success asking authorities for information or cooperation.
Private investigator Sheila Wysocki reportedly told The Clarion-Ledger that working with police and other officials in the Andreacchio death case has been especially tough. "You expect people to want to serve and do their job, but it hasn't been that way in this case," Wysocki said.
An episode of "Culpable" reportedly claims Meridian Police Captain Jay Arrington pursued charges of manslaughter by culpable negligence against Swearingen and Goodman. According to The Clarion-Ledger, Arrington believed a grand jury would have indicted the pair if he had been allowed to present his findings to the grand jury.
District Attorney Kassie Coleman Said She Will Reopen The Case If New Evidence Emerges
Following the popularity of "Culpable" and renewed discussion on social media, district attorney Kassie Coleman reportedly issued a statement in August. She said her office would reopen the case if new evidence warranted it.
The statement, according to Meridian's WTOK-TV, includes a timeline of the state’s investigation.
Rae Andreacchio Claims Her Family Is At A "Stand-Still" With Authorities
Rae Andreacchio has reportedly spearheaded her family's investigation into the death of her son. She reportedly told Meridian's WGBC-TV she is skeptical regarding the issuance of the district attorney's recent statement.
According to WGBC-TV, Rae said Coleman has refused to meet with the family "one-on-one." She reportedly said she had a message for Coleman: "I would ask that if she's sincere in helping us, that she request a special prosecutor to be appointed that is unbiased, that we could communicate with and work with without any hostility or any bad feelings based on all the water that's gone under the bridge."
The Andreacchio family and other supporters reportedly now are requesting that the Meridian City Council enlist federal authorities to investigate how the case was handled. WTOK reports that the city council is “following procedure to see how to move forward with the request.” There is a possibility that a decision could be made on November 1.