Charges dropped against man accused in 2011 Howard County murder
FAYETTE - In a joint statement Tuesday, Howard County Prosecutor Stephen Murrell and Sheriff Mike Neal announced charges were dropped against an Excello man accused in the 2011 murder of Jon Spurling.
In 2014, Zachary Jefferson was charged with murder and armed criminal action in the case. The dismissal comes as the investigation into Spurling's death continues.
Authorities found Spurling dead at his parents' home in Howard County in 2011. He suffered two gunshot wounds to his torso. Family members demanded answers and three years later charges were filed.
Tuesday, neither prosecutors nor the sheriff could say why the charges were dropped or whether there was new evidence or other suspects in the case.