Murder charge withdrawn against suspect in Middlesex homicide

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A murder charge was dismissed for one suspect in a homicide investigation in Middlesex County.

Kemonte Smith was one of five people charged in the death of Elijah Baker in March. 

Court records show a charge of first-degree murder against Smith was nolle prossed — meaning the charge was essentially withdrawn or set aside, but can be brought back at a later time. It’s unclear why the charge was nolle prossed.

Authorities also charged 16-year-old Tariq Beane and three other suspects under 18 in connection to Beane’s murder. 

Beane, who surrendered to authorities in Richmond, is charged with first-degree murder. The three juvenile suspects are charged with first-degree murder by mob.

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