- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Prosecutors have decided to drop a first-degree murder charge against the ex-girlfriend of a Norman murder victim.

A Cleveland County prosecutor says a co-defendant of 22-year-old woman was supposed to testify against her Thursday but didn’t. The prosecutor says there isn’t enough evidence to move forward without the testimony.

The Norman Transcript reports (http://bit.ly/1tmXGPf ) the woman and six men were charged in the March death of 24-year-old Justin Barnard. Norman police say he was at home with his grandmother when several people wearing masks kicked in the front door and shot him. They believed the shooting was related to an argument between Barnard and the ex-girlfriend.

Her attorney says she is “extremely pleased about the dismissal.”

The prosecutor says charges can be re-filed against her if additional evidence is received.

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Information from: The Norman Transcript, http://www.normantranscript.com

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