ADA Jamie McBride:
Terrible, terrible event that happened long ago. In Jan. 2008, police announced new evidence. Weapons in this case never found. Witness who gave testimony to grand jury was later found not to be credible. Another witness, Howard Hackett also came forward, and swore to the grand jury that Sharrod confessed to him and gave him the gun used in the killing. Hackett later used that gun in a carjacking. Ballistics tests matched the gun Hackett used to the killing of Washington.
DNA test results recently received show no other DNA besides that of Washington on Washington's body.
105 fingerprints were taken from Washington's police cruiser. No match to Moore.
Hackett, subsequent to his testimony to the grand jury, took the stand in another criminal case sand began to recant his earlier statements in that case. Hackett has also been charged in a new case.
The only direct evidence tying this defendant to this crime is Howard Hackett, who is unreliable. It would be unethical for us to proceed.
McBride then concludes by asking for a nolle pros one second, and permission to dismiss the next. Don't know which it will be.
Chuck Mullins (counsel for Moore):
Big of the State to get up here the week before the trial and admit they didn't have a case, especially considering the high-profile nature of it.
Court to take matter of dismissal with or without prejudice under advisement for a few days and rule later this week.
Mary Washington (R.J. Washington's widow) does not wish to give a statement, per ADA McBride.
Judge Yerger: Parties will file simultaneous briefs on issue of whether dismissal should be with or without prejudice at the end of the week.
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