Charges against father dropped after son's death
UNION, Mo. (AP) - Prosecutors in Franklin County have dropped charges against a 67-year-old man accused of shooting his son, because the son died of a heroin overdose.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 39-year-old Nathaniel Crow was shot in the chest in January, but survived. His father, Charles Crow, was charged with first-degree assault. Witnesses said the son was retrieving a vehicle in his father's possession and the men argued before the shooting.
Franklin County prosecutor Bob Parks says Nathaniel Crow died recently of a heroin overdose in Union. Parks says testimony from Nathaniel Crow was necessary to prosecute his father.