- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A man who spent nearly 1 ½ years in jail on charges related to a 2016 shooting has been cleared, right before his murder trial was to begin.

Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Amanda Howie tells The Virginian-Pilot prosecutors dropped the charges against 25-year-old Davon Ramone Richardson because further investigation turned up more evidence.

Richardson was scheduled to stand trial Tuesday in the death of 24-year-old Dante Lewis of Chicago. Defense lawyer London Crouse says surveillance video showing someone else shooting Lewis was a turning point.

Howie wouldn’t comment further, saying detectives were still working the case.

Richardson was arrested two weeks after the July 2016 shooting on a second-degree murder charge and related gun count. He remained jailed until he was freed on $25,000 bond in January.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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