Murder charges dropped against accused suspect

Eric McFadden, once accused of murdering Alex Wyles in October 2016, is free after prosecutors drop a second-degree murder charge. (Photo: KATV)

The murder trial for a Pulaski County man accused of beating a man with a piece of lumber is no longer happening after charges were dropped.

Eric McFadden faced a second-degree murder charge using a 2x2 piece of wood as a weapon against Alexander Wyles in October 2016.

"My reaction was I just cried," said Nancy Corley. "I broke down."

Wyles died a day after the attack.

The state dropped charges in the case after one of the two eye-witnesses refused to testify in the case.

"As time passes and things happen, sometimes people become reluctant because they're fearful for their own safety," said Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay.

Sheriff Holladay calls the development unusual.

"This is only the second time in five years that we have had a case non-pros, because witnesses refused to testify," said Holladay.

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