COLUMBIA - Eric Cravens said the first thing he did after being released from jail Friday was talk to his wife about how relieved he was.
Cravens, who had been accused in a downtown bar shooting, said being in jail created a mixed-bag of emotions.
"I was angry," Cravens said. "Sometimes it made me feel hopeless that it could even happen. That I could be charged with something I didn't do, that it could happen to anybody."
Cravens had been charged with three counts of first degree assault and one count of armed criminal action. The charges revolved around a June 15 shooting outside Nash Vegas Bar that left three people injured.
Cravens, 20, was arrested nine days later. He said police told him to come to the station for questioning and then pulled him over to arrest him while he was on his way there.
Boone County prosecutors cited a lack of evidence against Cravens as the reason for dropping charges. Cravens' mother Teresa Smith said she was shocked when she heard the news.
"I just felt happiness and relief," Smith said. "We didn't think it was going to happen this soon by it being so long that he was in there."
Cravens said he actually learned the charges against him were dropped by watching television news in jail. He said he was told by police an hour after he saw the broadcast.
(Editor's note: This story has been edited to change "prison" to "jail" in the story.)