Charges against the accused gunman in the shooting the took the life of an innocent young Akron girl are dismissed.
Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh says the lone witness is keeping his lips sealed-- refusing to testify citing threats to his family.
Prosecutor Walsh announced Friday that charges against 26-year-old Vernon Singleton in the shooting death of 11-year old Carmella Holly have been dismissed with the option to refile them at a later date.
“There is no statute of limitation on murder, and my office is hopeful that someone will come forward and be willing to testify,” Walsh added. “Because we dismissed without prejudice, we can refile the charges if witnesses will cooperate in the future.”
Singleton was facing charges including murder and felonious assault.
“There are people in Akron who know exactly what happened the night Carmella Holley was murdered, but they refuse to stand up for an 11-year-old girl and her devastated family,” Walsh said, in a press release.
“Yes, it is scary to sit in that witness box. And yes, it is easier to swear you saw and know nothing. But someone has to be brave enough to ignore the no-snitching culture and help us seek justice for Carmella Holley and every other victim of “witness-less” crime if we want to end the violence in Akron.”
Holley was killed when a stray bullet struck her while she was watching television in her family apartment at Keys Place in Akron.
Prosecutors say Singleton and 19-year old Terrance Roane, both of Akron, were shooting at each other on the street outside the Holley family apartment when the child was killed.
Roane still faces a list of charges including felonious assault, discharging a firearm, tampering with evidence and carrying a concealed weapon.
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