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Charge dropped in 2010 slaying of N.O. entertainer

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago August 24, 2013 Aug 24, 2013 Saturday, August 24 2013 August 24, 2013 10:51 AM in News
By: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Orleans Parish prosecutors have dropped a second-degree murder charge against a man who's been accused in the November 2010 slaying of a local celebrity known as Messy Mya.

The Times-Picayune reports 27-year-old Jason Hamilton was released from prison Friday after spending almost three years in custody.

Prosecutors say evidence emerged that Hamilton was miles away from the shooting, and another man reportedly confessed to killing 22-year-old Anthony M. Barre. There was no immediate information about that person.

Hamilton had been scheduled to go on trial Tuesday but the case was delayed until Friday, when Criminal District Court Judge Frank Marrullo ordered him freed after the district attorney dropped the charge.

Defense attorney Martin Regan says cellphone records showed Hamilton wasn't in New Orleans when Barre was killed.

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