Murder charge dropped against Saudi man accused of Warrensburg murder
WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Charges have been dropped against a Saudi national charged with orchestrating a Warrensburg murder.
Twenty-four-year-old Ziyad Abid, who has twice been denied bond over fears he would leave the country, was charged with first-degree murder for the Sept. 2012 homicide of bar owner Blaine Whitworth.
Investigators say Reginald Singletary, a former employee of Whitworth’s, confessed to the murder. Singletary told police he was hired by Abid but prosecutors have never revealed Abid’s possible motive.
Lynn Stoppy, Johnson County, Mo., prosecuting attorney said Friday that their understanding of evidence in the case had changed.
“Abid was originally charged based on evidence resulting from the criminal investigation. Very recently, our understanding of evidence previously obtained from a critical witness has changed. As a result, the State is currently left without sufficient evidence to support the prosecution at this time,” said Stoppy.
In a statement released by the Chief of Police, Bruce Howey said they are disappointed.
“As a law enforcement agency, our job is to investigate crimes to the fullest, and then not intercede in the prosecution process once the case has been turned over to them. We have full faith and the utmost respect in our Prosecuting Attorney and the State Attorney General’s Office and the difficult decisions they have to make.Due to the fact that there is a pending criminal case against Reginald Singletary, we will make no further comment,” Howey said.
Abid was attending college in Warrensburg to become a pilot at the time of his arrest.