NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Charges were dropped Wednesday for three suspects in a Norfolk homicide from last year.
According to police spokesman Chris Amos, Norfolk investigators executed search warrants Feb. 21 for Jerry Jackson, Jr., Deshawn Johnson, Justin Mask, Salathiel Taylor and a 17-year-old. The five suspects were arrested without incident in connection with the September 21, 2012 homicide of Carlton Dean, Jr.
Amanda Howie with the Commonwealth Attorney's Office told WAVY.com the charges of second degree murder and use of a firearm against Johnson, Jackson and Marks were withdrawn Wednesday. Howie said the charges were dropped because there was not enough evidence to continue prosecuting the three.
However, the same charges against Salathiel Lee Taylor were certified.
The fifth suspect, a juvenile female, had her charges connected to the murder dismissed in March.
The victim, a 19-year-old competitive swimmer and recent Maury High School graduate, went out with a friend he met at Tidewater Community College the night of his death. His father told WAVY.com he had a bad feeling when he heard Dean was going out with a girl his parents didn't know.
Police were called to the 2700 block of Vincent Avenue at 5:45 a.m. and found Dean shot and killed.
A motive in this case has not been released. Howie said the investigation of the murder is on-going.
Johnson remains in police custody due to charges from unrelated offenses.
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