- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped criminal homicide and other charges against a western Pennsylvania man in what had been described as a fatal drug-related shooting in 2014.

The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat (https://bit.ly/1PHVgKt ) reports the charges were dismissed by a Cambria County judge at the request of the district attorney’s office.

Thirty-two-year-old Edward Merritt was arrested in April and accused of fatally shooting 21-year-old Zachary Andrews and wounding another man in a Johnstown residence on April 13, 2014.

Police said cellphone records confirmed Merritt was in Johnstown during the shooting, then in Allentown hours later. But Merritt claimed he was innocent and says he simply bought marijuana in Johnstown before heading to New York.

Prosecutors didn’t immediately return a call for comment Monday.

But Merritt’s defense attorney, Beth Tibbott, tells the newspaper that prosecutors didn’t have enough evidence to go to trial.

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Information from: The Tribune-Democrat, https://www.tribune-democrat.com


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