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Charges dropped against one suspect in slaying

LAWRENCEVILLE - Accused of murder and held without bond since December, Dion Harris Jr. walked out of the Gwinnett County Jail a free man - for the time being - early Thursday morning.

Deputy Chief Dawn Taylor said the District Attorney's Office has dropped murder charges against Harris, though he still faces charges of criminal attempted sale of marijuana and possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony "for his actions on the night of his cousin's death."

"After the police charged him with felony murder and upon further investigation, it was found that the ballistics results and the Medical Examiner indicated that none of the projectiles from his gun struck the victim," Taylor said in an e-mail. "Therefore, there was no causal connection between his actions and the death of the victim."

Harris was the first of three men charged in the Dec. 11 shooting at a Club Drive grocery store that left a Sacramento man, Leo Fletcher III, dead. According to early police reports, Harris, also of Sacramento, was arrested after he showed up at Gwinnett Medical Center with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound shortly after Fletcher's body was found inside a gray Chevy Malibu about a mile from the shooting scene.

Two other men, Michael Ashley Moore and Raymone Cook were also charged with murder and remain in jail without bond. Investigators have said they believe Fletcher was shot after a marijuana deal went bad, and Taylor said they are responsible for his death.

Moore and Cooke are charged with murder, felony murder, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and aggravated assault.