Ronnie Greer could have faced death if convicted on charges that he placed a pipe bomb that killed a 5-year-old boy in 2002. Instead, the federal government chose Monday to dismiss the charges against him.
Greer still sits in jail, serving a 15-year sentence for possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. The other charges -- transporting an explosive device with intent to injure or kill, unlawful possession of an unregistered destructive device, use of a destructive device during a crime of violence and possession of an explosive by a convicted felon -- disappeared when U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land granted Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Solis' motion to drop the charges.
"I think it was the right decision," said Marcia Shein, one of Greer's attorneys. "It was one of those cases where justice was truly appropriately applied."
A federal grand jury indicted Greer in February 2007 — nearly five years after a pipe bomb he is accused of owning and transporting exploded on a flat-bed trailer.
Sammy Joe Evans, 5, and his 7-year-old sister were visiting their great-grandmother at her Cusseta home when the homemade bomb exploded. The deadly blast occurred as the children were playing on the trailer near her business, Mrs. Hope Palm Reading, at 340 Highway 520.