OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Charges against a man accused of killing a soldier visiting Omaha relatives have been dropped because the state’s key witness has backed out of testifying.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that 27-year-old Larry Goynes was released from the Douglas County Jail on Tuesday after the County Attorney’s Office dismissed a first-degree murder and weapon use charge against him.
Goynes had been accused of killing Army Sgt. Kyle LeFlore in January. The case was dropped after a witness declined to testify.
Kyle LeFlore’s father, Kay LeFlore, alleges the witness backed out because she felt threatened.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine declined to name the witness. Authorities say attempts were made to protect the witness, including offering relocation.
Prosecutors say they could refile charges against Goynes if additional evidence is found.