Charges withdrawn in murder case

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - New developments Friday night in the case of a Petersburg man murdered in front of his own store.

Charges have been withdrawn against two defendants in the shooting death of Robert Braswell. The prosecutor says he had no choice but to withdraw the charges - that the evidence wasn't strong enough. The move comes on the heels of a third suspect being acquitted on all charges.

The victim's family is speaking out about this latest development. Stacy Galle is having a tough time dealing with the latest twist in the murder case of her brother, Robert Braswell Junior.

"It's upsetting to know they get to go and be with their family when my brother doesn't get to be with us," said Stacy Galle.

Charges have been withdrawn against two of the defendants - Timothy Williams and Dantryl Ingram. This, weeks after a third suspect, Antoine Myler, was acquitted on all charges.

"It's very devastating to us because I guess we'd hope to get justice for him," said Galle.

The prosecutor in the case says the withdrawn charges can be brought back at a later date if there's new evidence.

"Both cases were not processed based on the fact the evidence was not sufficient to give the commonwealth a fair trial in going forward at this time," said Prosecutor Nelson Fisher.

A fourth suspect, Shelly Gray, is still charged in the murder. The prosecutor says evidence against Gray is "strong."

Braswell was gunned down in front of his store back in 2006. Police say robbery was the motive. Three years later, family members say they'd hope to have closure by now.

"Now we have to wait all over again and hope maybe someone else will come forward with more information. It's already taken this long so it's discouraging," Galle said.

Galle says family, friends and strangers will hold a march for justice in honor of Braswell this weekend.

"We're not going to give up until we get justice for him. We'll do whatever we have to do," said Galle.

That march will take place this Sunday on father's day. It will get underway at three in afternoon at the Colonial Heights Baptist church on Chesterfield Avenue. The march will end at the Petersburg police station.  The public is invited to attend.

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