St. Louis prosecutors drop charges in 2013 killing

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis prosecutors have dropped first-degree murder charges against a man accused in a 2013 shooting at the victim’s birthday party.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the trial of 24-year-old Darnell Hollings was scheduled to start Monday. A spokeswoman for the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office would not give a reason for the decision to drop charges.

Thirty-six-year-old Carnez Winslett was standing in a crowd outside his home on Sept. 7, 2013. Police say the shooter fired into the group from a car, injuring three others and killing Winslett.

Hollings still faces assault charges for a 2013 hammer attack on a hot dog vendor near a store in Ferguson.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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