Uncooperative victim, witnesses bring dismissal of attempted-murder charge
URBANA — A Champaign County prosecutor Friday dismissed attempted murder and other charges against a Champaign man after the victim and witnesses refused to cooperate in the man's prosecution.
Brian J. Ferrell, 27, who listed address on North Walnut Street and East Church Street when he was arrested in October for attempted murder, was released from the county jail late Friday morning, where he had been since his arrest.
"There was a lack of cooperation on behalf of the civilian witnesses and the victim," said Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar.
"I tried. I can't tell you how many meetings I've had scheduled that were blown off. They won't talk to me or come in."
Ferrell was arrested Oct. 20 in connection with the Oct. 14 shooting of a 22-year-old Urbana man that happened at the Mobil Super Pantry, 1503 N. Neil St., C. Police learned of the shooting when the victim showed up at Provena Covenant Medical Center.
Ferrell was charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and unlawful use of weapons by a felon. Lozar said he had one conversation with the victim at his office earlier this month.
"The police department was kind enough to help him here. Since then, he has not called me or contacted me and I can't get a good phone number for him," he said.
Lozar added that Ferrell's attorney, Jamie Propps of the public defender's office, told him that other witnesses she spoke with had expressed an unwillingness to cooperate with Lozar.
"It's quite apparent, notwithstanding the evidentiary challenges of the trial, that they're not going to cooperate with me. It's a shame because this is a horrible situation but our hands are simply tied when people won't come in and tell the truth," Lozar said.