Charges dismissed when witness won't testify

Charges dismissed when witness won't testify

URBANA — A Champaign County prosecutor has dismissed weapons and battery charges against a Champaign teenager after his alleged victim balked at testifying.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson said he's considering filing a petition to revoke the probation of Daveyonta Fairman instead of taking his unlawful use of weapons by a felon and battery charges to trial.

Fairman, 17, of the 100 block of East Bellefontaine Street, had been charged in September after he allegedly battered a Champaign woman on Sept. 13 then threatened her with a gun after she called police.

Larson said he spoke to the woman Wednesday as the case was about to be tried and she refused to cooperate, forcing him to dismiss the charges.

At the time of his September arrest, Fairman was on probation for aggravated unlawful use of weapons, having pleaded guilty to possessing a gun in a car in July.

He admitted that on July 12 he had a gun in a car that police stopped after a 28-year-old woman reported that two men had pointed a gun at her near the corner of Williamsburg and Thornton drives in Champaign. The location was about a block away from where another woman had been fatally shot on the Fourth of July.

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