Arkansas murder charge dismissed after witness recants

Arkansas murder charge dismissed after witness recants. (Courtesy: Vinelink)

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.

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