Charge withdrawn against suspect in 2014 death of ODU student

Vigil for ODU Student Killed

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — An assault and battery charge has been withdrawn against a man who was charged in connection to the 2014 death of an Old Dominion University student.

The charge against Christopher Chase Johnson was nolle prossed — or withdrawn — in court this week.

The other suspect in the case, David William Grimm Jr., pleaded guilty in mid-June to involuntary manslaughter, and was sentenced to two years in prison with all but 30 days suspended.

The Commonwealth said Grimm had already served some time prior to receiving a bond in this case — so it was ruled he could serve out the rest of the on weekend this month.

Grimm and Johnson were charged following the death of 20-year-old Paul Johnson in February of 2014. The Norfolk Medical Examiner’s Office said Johnson died from blunt head trauma.

According to police, Johnson was hit in the head while walking along 48th Street. 

Johnson was a sophomore mathematics major at ODU at the time.

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