Charges dropped when shooting victim can't be found

Charges dropped when shooting victim can't be found

URBANA — Felony charges lodged against a Rantoul man more than a year ago have been dismissed because the alleged victim couldn't be found.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said he dismissed armed robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm charges against Deandre D. Thomas, 30, who last lived in the 1100 block of Falcon Way, on Monday.

Thomas had been charged in connection with an April 24, 2013, incident at the Red Roof Inn in Champaign where a 32-year-old Jacksonville man was shot in the back.

At the time, Champaign police described the encounter between the alleged victim and two men who were at the motel as a drug deal that went bad.

Another prosecutor dismissed the same charges against Naytwane Adams, 38, of Champaign, in August 2013, when the victim couldn't be found for his trial either.

Bennett said the victim is wanted on criminal charges in Indiana, which likely accounted for his unwillingness to appear to testify.

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ROB McCOLLEY wrote on July 29, 2014 at 10:07 pm
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Clever defense strategy, and an instructive lesson for all local felons.