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Attempted murder charge dropped

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Prosecutors have dropped charges of attempted murder against a Charleston man in a shooting that injured two people near a West Side restaurant.

Jon Paul Clements, 31, and Robert Jared Smith were indicted after they were arrested for a shooting outside Seoul of Charleston on March 9. Hurt in that incident were Andrew Williams, 25, and Ciera Leftwich, 22.

Police believed that shooting was in retaliation for the murder of David Booker several months earlier in the city's East End. Richard Hilliard, 24, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for that murder, and prosecutors said Williams was involved in that incident.

Prosecutors recently said there wasn't enough evidence to support the attempted murder charge against Clements. A grand jury recently indicted him, however, on drugs and weapons charges.

Clements pleaded not guilty to those offenses, and a judge set his trial for March.  Smith is charged with attempted murder and was scheduled for trial this week. That proceeding has been postponed until April. 


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