Felony murder charges against Edward James Reeves were dropped in favor of a new accusation that charged him with concealing the death of Mickel I. Mosley, 25, of Gaffney, S.C.
Prosecutors said Mr. Reeves wasn't involved in the actual killing of Mr. Mosley and that he had testified against two other defendants, Demetric L. Twitty and Kelly Roberts. They said his testimony was vital to solving the case.
"He was culpable, but his testimony was the glue that held the case together," Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard said.
Mr. Reeves had been in jail since his arrest two years ago.
A jury convicted Mr. Twitty in December, and he was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years. Mr. Roberts pleaded guilty in August and was sentenced to life.
At Mr. Twitty's trial, Mr. Reeves testified that he was home in Augusta the night of July 24, 2006, when Mr. Twitty and Mr. Roberts knocked at his door. Mr. Mosley had been locked in the trunk of a car since his kidnapping in Gaffney several hours earlier.
Mr. Reeves admitted he showed the two how to get to New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam and that he was there when Mr. Twitty opened the trunk of the white Lexus and dragged Mr. Mosley out, the prosecutor said.
Investigators believe Mr. Twitty was the one who fired a gunshot into Mr. Mosley's head.
In that trial, prosecutor Geoffrey L. Fogus said Mr. Mosley was bound hand and foot. Mr. Twitty forced Mr. Mosley to the river's edge, pressed the gun to his head and fired, Mr. Fogus said.
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