Charges dropped against Missouri quadruple homicide suspect

     (AP) – Prosecutors have dismissed four first-degree murder

charges against a Missouri man less than two weeks before his trial had been

scheduled to begin.

     But the Springfield News-Leader reports that prosecutors anticipate refiling

charges against 49-year-old Scott Goodwin-Bey of Springfield after additional

testing is complete.

     Chief assistant Greene County prosecutor Todd Myers says a recent ballistic

evidence ruling led to the charges being dismissed Tuesday.

     The killings happened in November 2014 at an Economy Inn in Springfield. Court

documents filed earlier allege that Goodwin-Bey believed the victims had told

police about his drug use. Three victims died at the scene and the fourth died

several days later.

     Goodwin-Bey was convicted of a federal gun charge in October and will remain

in custody.


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