- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) - A prosecutor has dropped an involuntary manslaughter charge against a Clay County man who was accused of failing to help a woman who apparently drowned.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (https://bit.ly/1MKRtuJ ) that Kanawha County Prosecutor Chuck Miller said Tuesday that police should have obtained more information before charging 25-year-old Travis McCormick Pozzi in the death of Freda Short.

A criminal complaint said Pozzi, his girlfriend and Short had been swimming in the Elk River Friday night. Pozzi told police that the women had been drinking. He said he was trying to put his girlfriend into his pickup truck when Short re-entered the water.

Pozzi told police he told Short to not go back into the water. He said he didn’t think to call 911 or to help Short.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.


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