Arkansas murder charge dismissed after witness recants
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Prosecutors in Arkansas have dropped a murder charge against a Florida prison inmate after saying the only witness has recanted his claim to seeing the slaying.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that prosecutor Ashley Clancy told a judge that the witness identification was the basis for arresting Charles Brent Gant on a first-degree murder charge.
Gant was charged in the November 2016 fatal shooting of 31-year-old Pedro Omar Baez Esperanza in North Little Rock.
Gant was arrested just more than a week later in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
He will now be returned to Florida where he's serving time for drug convictions.