St. Louis City Circuit Attorney drops case against man in cell phone robbery

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ST.  LOUIS (KTVI) - Cornell McKay will soon be a free man after spending 3 years in prison after being convicted on a cell phone robbery, criminal armed action and violating his probation. His defense team appealed that decision and forced the case back into circuit court where on Wednesday, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer M. Joyce dismissed charges against McKay.

She says, "The victim in this case does not want to go through the process again. The right person was charged in the case”. She also blames the defense team and Bob Ramsey for "dragging the victim through the mud by repeatedly saying her name."

Ramsey denies the allegation saying that he never said her name publicly or at the trial level but her name was on indictment.

Ramsey and his team took the case because they thought McKay was innocent and feel vindicated by the dismissal of charges.

Ramsey feels that Keith Ester committed the robbery, which occurred eight days before he admitted to killing Megan Bokin.

Joyce says if there was any evidence on Ester, who is serving a life term for that murder, they would convict him

Joyce hopes that McKay will use his second chance for good! She wishes all kids had the support that he got while this case was going on.

While she doesn't like the tactics of the defense team, she says she doesn't blame him.

Ramsey says they will now try to get McKay out of prison as soon as possible because he was there for violation of probation.  He is a talented artist who hopes to go to art school.


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