RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney's Office drops charges against the teenager accused of killing 8-year-old Marty Cobb, for now.
By choosing to "nolle prosequi" the charges, prosecutors effectively put the case against Mairese Washington on hold and can bring back the charges at a later date.
Washington is facing murder, strangulation and malicious wounding charges for the attack against Marty Cobb and his older sister. Family members say Marty died trying to save his sister from a sexual assault.
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Prosecutors say with certainty this case will be prosecuted, but asked the judge for a delay Friday due to the timing of the prosecution. They are awaiting some additional lab analysis and believe it would be irresponsible to move forward with the case without completing those tests.
A large number of items have been submitted for forensic testing. Many of those tests have come back with somewhat limited information. The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office says because of the gravity of the case, it wants to make sure it has thorough evidence to support Marty's sister's testimony and prosecute Washington with all the information available.
The Commonwealth says lab results should be in within the next six to eight-weeks. Herring says at that point, he should have a better idea on a new trial date.
A judge has ordered a
, who underwent a competency evaluation for juvenile court. Defense attorneys believe Washington's mental state will be a significant part of his defense.
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