Prosecutor Drops Case Against Saudi National

4 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Friday, August 02 2013 Aug 2, 2013 Friday, August 02, 2013 10:35:00 AM CDT August 02, 2013 in News
Source: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - A central Missouri prosecutor has dismissed charges against a Saudi national accused of paying his roommate to kill a Warrensburg bar owner.

Johnson County prosecutor Lynn Stoppy announced Friday that evidence from a critical witness had changed and the state was left with insufficient evidence to prosecute 24-year-old Ziyad Abid.

He had been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Sept. 1 death of bar owner Blaine Whitworth.

His case generated national attention when a judge refused to release him after the Saudi government posted $2 million bail.

 

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