Prosecutors blame Summerville murder suspect's release from jail on lack of public help
(WCIV) - Free for 22 days. That's how long a suspect in a Summerville murder had been released from jail when charges were dropped in another murder case.
On Wednesday, prosecutors said while they're upset, they didn't have a choice.
Investigators say the crime took place last week at Colonial Village at Waters Edge Apartments. Culver Kidd, assistant ninth circuit solicitor, explained why his office dropped murder charges against Steed from a shooting in 2015.
"Not a single person. Despite the shooting being in front of 20 people would come and talk to us about this case. We tracked down every lead we could. But at the end of the day I've got an ethical and a responsibility to try to prove my case beyond a reasonable doubt. And when the rubber hit the road and it was time to make a decision, we just didn't have enough evidence to go forward," he said.
Kidd contends a lack of cooperation from the public hurts prosecutors and police as they try to put criminals in prison.
"When you look at why we have 32 murders in the city of North Charleston, you wonder why. It's because we don't have witnesses willing to talk to us. I hate to point it at one thing, but that's why. We don't have people willing to cooperate with us and help us prove our cases," Kidd said.
Summerville Police are still looking for Tyree Steed. If you know where he is, you're asked to call CrimeStoppers at 843-554-1111.