- Associated Press - Friday, March 24, 2017

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a murder charge against a man indicted in connection with a fatal shooting in Fitchburg 14 years ago.

The Telegram & Gazette (https://bit.ly/2n1OwfG ) reports that the judge dismissed a murder charge against Mitchell Rivera after finding that insufficient evidence was presented to a grand jury.

Rivera was one of four men indicted in 2015 in connection with the September 2003 shooting death of 23-year-old Christian Perez during what prosecutors say was a drug robbery.

Rivera was charged as a joint venturer. His lawyer said in a motion to dismiss that the evidence showed that Rivera was elsewhere when Perez was killed.

Prosecutors say they are reviewing the ruling and may appeal.



Of the other three men indicted, one has been acquitted and two others await trial.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), https://www.telegram.com

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