Victim won't testify; charges dismissed

Victim won't testify; charges dismissed

URBANA — An uncooperative victim led to the dismissal of felony charges against a Champaign man.

Champaign County Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said he dismissed charges Monday against Allen Williams, 21, who listed an address in the 1400 block of Queensway Drive, Champaign, in connection with a Jan. 11 incident in Champaign.

Williams was charged with armed violence, aggravated battery and aggravated unlawful possession of weapons by a felon for allegedly hitting an 18-year-old man in the face at a home on Holly Hill Drive in Champaign, The teen sustained a broken nose and a concussion, police said.

Lozar said the victim and his mother indicated that the teen did not want to cooperate in the prosecution of Williams, forcing Lozar to dismiss the charges.

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fortherecord wrote on April 02, 2013 at 4:04 pm

This is comforting.

Lostinspace wrote on April 02, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Especially for the victim.

Orbiter wrote on April 02, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Not knowing the circumstances that led to the victim's refusal to cooperate, it's probably unwise to take sides on this situation. Innocent until proven guilty, right?  Heresay, even published in the N-G, shouldn't be held against the accused, IMO.

Local Yocal wrote on April 02, 2013 at 6:04 pm
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In light of Miss Mary's "crime theme" today, a series of charges dismissed stories, this is bait for us to criticize the victims in these cases because we already know....they are guilty, guilty, guilty, if it weren't for those stupid victims not coming forward.

Grace-n-Solitude wrote on April 02, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Perhaps the witnesses paid attention to the fact that one recent witness was shot and another scheduled witness was murdered in Urbana. 

j.dexter wrote on April 02, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Maybe she's reporting it because when violent crimes are not prosecuted in our community, it affects the community as a whole.  I'm sure most people can appreciate how difficult it must be to be a victim of a violent crime, and I'm sure nobody is saying we should somehow force the victims to come forward and testify, however, this does not negate the fact that the community should be aware of what is going on when it comes to public safety.