ELKTON, Md. Officials focused his fingers on the 2015 dismissal of charges against a man who accused two years later in a fatal workplace shooting.
The authorities say that Radee Prince shot five co-workers at a Maryland granite company in 2017, killing three. A trial is pending in that case, but he has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for shooting a man in Delaware the same day.
The Cecil County Sheriff’s Office says that it was ready for 2015, a trial on weapons and traffic charges Prince face after a March 2015 traffic stop, but the state attorney’s office has dropped, The News Journal reported .
According to the court documents, Deputy First Class Joseph Kenley pulled Prince over because of a broken headlight and when they spoke, Prince “started getting very loud and aggressive.”
An Elkton police officer arrived and after making checks, told Kenley that Prince license was suspended and that he was wanted on a bench warrant for traffic violations. The prince was beaten and a police dog found a gun in his SUV, according to court documents.
Prince had more than a dozen felony convictions and is prohibited from possession of a weapon. He got nine years in prison, but walked from the courtroom.
“Our deputy showed up, ready to go to trial on the day of the court proceedings, however, the prosecutor of the State Attorney’s Office decision to drop the case,” said Lt. Michael Holmes, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
“It was their decision not to prosecute the case,” he said, and referred questions to the state attorney’s office.
On the Prince’s hearing, prosecutors said they were dropping charges at the request of the deputy that the arrest. In 2017, prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to convict Prince. The office of the current state of the lawyer, Amanda Bessicks, do not return calls or e-mails to ask about the costs involved.
The 2017 workplace shooting occurred in Harford County, Maryland, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Baltimore.
Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com