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Lack of DNA match leads to dismissal of Ohio case

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Aggravated murder charges against a northeast Ohio man in a 2011 case have been dropped because authorities say DNA evidence failed to link him to the crime.

Prosecutors in Summit County asked for the charges to be dismissed against 21-year-old Terrell Nurse, who was indicted with a co-defendant in March. They now say that none of the DNA evidence on the victim's body and wallet belonged to Nurse.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the charges were dropped without prejudice — meaning they could be refiled if new evidence comes to light. Nurse is currently serving a prison sentence in an unrelated case.

Akron police said the victim, 31-year-old Dante Thornton, was fatally shot at his apartment in July 2011.

Nurse's co-defendant was acquitted after a trial.

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