- Associated Press - Sunday, October 23, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Prosecutors have dismissed a murder charge against a 25-year-old North Charleston man after determining witness statements weren’t credible.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports Sunday (https://bit.ly/2eHMqwW ) the state’s case against Travis Sellers for a 2014 shooting death relied almost entirely on two witnesses. A court filing by Assistant Solicitor Alexander Ziegler says the two told inconsistent stories and lied repeatedly to investigators. His filing also dropped a weapon possession charge.

There is no forensic evidence linking Sellers to the May 2014 death of 36-year-old Ricardo Smith of Ladson.

Ziegler says detectives learned Smith used the home for drug dealing, and he and another person were trying to manufacture drugs when the shooting occurred. That person got rid of the drugs and left with another witness before police arrived.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com


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