Prosecutors last week dropped a second-degree murder charge against a man accused of killing a 23-year-old found shot to death near Kechi last September.
Antonio T. Bell, 23, remained in Sedgwick County Jail on Saturday in lieu of $50,000 bond on an unrelated drug case. He was charged with killing Deandre Freeman Jr., whose body was discovered in a ditch the 8000 block of North Oliver on Sept. 30. Freeman had been shot in the head and neck.
Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Dan Dillon said in an e-mailed statement that the murder case was “dismissed without prejudice” but he would not give further details. A case that is dismissed without prejudice can be filed again at a later date.
“Like in all cases, if additional information comes to light, the case can be re-examined,” Dillon wrote in the e-mail. In a follow-up e-mail, he said: “We do not take this lightly.”
The prosecution’s request for dismissal was granted Aug. 14, the same day Bell was scheduled for a preliminary hearing. The D.A.’s office has not said whether it plans to re-file the case.
Freeman and Bell were documented gang members and knew one another, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office has said.