An "indictment" is a decision made by a Grand Jury to determine if there is sufficient evidence against a person accused of a crime. If the Grand Jury determines there is such evidence, the 'accused' is 'indicted' and will go to trial. If the Grand Jury returns a "no-bill" decision, then there will be no trial 'for lack of evidence'. A Grand Jury is picked in the same way as prospects for jury duty and serves a term 6 months - year term; the "State's Prosecuter" or "Attorney" works with the Grand Jury. He will ultimately advise the Grand Jury if evidence is sufficient to try the case. (Indictment). If the State's Attorney doesn't believe there is not enough or lack of evidence, he will advise the Grand Jury; at that time, the defendant is "No-Billed". No charges will be pursued; and the person is exhonorated at that time. Hope this helps! Raymond
To be indicted means to be formally accused of causing or committing a crime. This formal accusation is then followed by an investigation, mainly by police. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indictment has additional information.