Prosecutors drop murder charge against Springfield teen

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SPRINGFIELD, MASS. >> Prosecutors have dropped a murder charge against a Springfield man who was 17 when he was accused of fatally shooting another man.

The Republican newspaper reports that prosecutors said Tuesday they dropped murder charges against Christopher Montgomery because a key witness is unavailable.

The motion to dismiss says "there is not enough evidence to sustain the government's burden of proof," but kept the door open if new evidence comes to light or the witness becomes available to testify.

Montgomery pleaded not guilty to killing 22-year-old Rakeem Nixon in March 2015.

He was at first held without bail, but that was reduced when a juvenile witness recanted his initial statements that he saw Montgomery shoot Nixon.

The juvenile witness said Montgomery was upset because Nixon looked at him funny.


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