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Charges dropped against murder suspect for lack of evidence

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Murder charges have been dropped against Antonio Espey due to lack of evidence.

Espey was charged with the murder of Herbert Strickland.

Police responded to the Big K Food Mart on May 19, 2011 where they found Herbert Strickland dead from a gunshot wound.

Police obtained surveillance video and interviewed employees and patrons who were able to give a general description.

Espey was identified as a suspect, but witnesses were not able to identify him as the shooter.

In August 2011, a witness came forward and identified Espey as someone who entered the Big K prior to the shooting, and fled afterwards.

In September 2011, he was charged with first-degree premeditated murder.

Investigators were not able to link Espey to the murder scene and on July 6, 2012, the witness was found dead at her home. Investigators determined it was a homicide.

Prosecuters say they are "ethically prohibited" from further prosecuting and the charges were dropped.

READ | Antonio Espey Motion to Dismiss Indictment [PDF]

READ MORE | Suspect arrested in May homicide

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