- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Although charges against a man accused of shooting his uncle in Sioux City have been dropped, police said, the charges could be refiled.

Eric Riley, 40, had been charged with attempted murder and burglary in the shooting of Ben Steffe. The motion to dismiss the charges was filed Thursday, the Sioux City Journal said (https://bit.ly/1sh7nEi ). Steffe died Saturday evening, said Dianne Krier, spokeswoman for Mercy Medical Center.

The shooter entered Steffe’s home the morning of Sept. 9 and shot him twice in the chest. Steffe’s wife, who lay next to Steffe, wasn’t injured, police said. Steffe told officers the shooter wore a mask, so he couldn’t positively identify him. Steffe also had trouble answering investigators’ questions because of the gunshot wounds.

Court documents say evidence has been submitted to the Iowa Division of Criminal investigation crime laboratory for DNA and ballistics analysis. An autopsy on Steffe’s body has been ordered.

Sioux City police Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick said that although the charges against Riley were dropped, they can be refiled at any time. Riley’s attorney declined to comment Monday to The Associated Press.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com


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