Anne Arundel prosecutors drop charges against teen in fatally botched robbery case

Prosecutors had hoped evidence would 'evolve' in murder case

August 21, 2012|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

Anne Arundel County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped murder charges against a Glen Burnie teenager.

Authorities said they lacked necessary evidence in their case against Shawn Anthony Johnson to back up the expected testimony of people who either had immunity for their roles in this case or were co-defendants in another homicide.

"We had hoped that additional evidence would evolve as we prepared for trial," Kristin Riggin, spokeswoman for prosecutors, said in a prepared statement about the end of the case against Johnson, one of two people charged in what police described as a botched robbery in which a 7-Eleven clerk was gunned down.

Johnson, 19, was to stand trial in September in the fatal shooting in 2010 of Youssef Attia, who was working a late shift at 7-Eleven in Glen Burnie; Johnson's co-defendant is serving life plus five years in the fatal shooting of Attia and in a second botched robbery in which a visitor to a pizzeria was fatally shot.

Johnson was recently sentenced to serve 50 years in prison for his role in the 2010 killing of Misael Flores, who a witness said told four masked would-be robbers to leave the pizzeria. The last of the co-defendants in that case is expected to enter a plea in the case this fall.

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