Witness Recants; Suspect In 2011 Killing Released
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A Bridgeport teenager charged in a 2011 killing has been freed from prison after a witness recanted a statement to police.
The Connecticut Post reports that 19-year-old Dasheen Brown was released Tuesday after a prosecutor announced he was dropping the charges and a Bridgeport Superior Court judge dismissed the case.
Brown was detained on $1 million bail for the past 20 months.
Brown and two other defendants were charged with murder in a July 2011 shooting spree in Washington Park that killed 17-year-old Blair Belcher Jr. and injured three others. Prosecutors lowered the charge to manslaughter after a witness refused to testify.
Brown hugged his mother while leaving the courthouse Tuesday.
Cases remain pending against the other two defendants.
Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com
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