- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A judge has granted a defense lawyer’s motion and dismissed a second-degree murder charge against a Springfield man charged in connection with the death of his friend

Nineteen-year-old Marcus Thomas was not charged with shooting 20-year-old Tavis Humphrey-Frazer, but with starting the series of events that led to the victim’s death.

Prosecutors said Thomas started shooting a gun out of the vehicle Humphrey-Frazer was driving on Sept. 21, 2014, prompting people standing on the street to shoot back. One of those shots struck and killed Humphrey-Frazer.

The Republican (https://bit.ly/1P0dYwP ) reports that a judge Wednesday dismissed the murder charge, saying the facts presented to the grand jury did not establish probable cause to believe Thomas committed second-degree murder.

Thomas is still faces several weapons charges, including illegal possession of a firearm.



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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, https://www.masslive.com/news/

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