The case against a man accused of the first homicide of 2008 has been dismissed.
Willie Holmes, 55, had been accused of fatally stabbing Russell Dent Jr., 41, on Jan. 7, 2008, while on the 14th Street pedestrian bridge. On Tuesday, a Muscogee County grand jury no billed the case, meaning he no longer faces a murder charge.
Holmes, however, had a fugitive from justice warrant out of Alabama, and was transferred on Wednesday into the custody of an Alabama deputy.
“All the witnesses agreed that the victim was the aggressor,” said Assistant District Attorney Sadhana Dailey, who inherited the case from a prosecutor no longer with her office. “(Dent) was trying to throw this lady, who was in a wheelchair, off a bridge. She actually had abrasions on her face. All the witnesses agreed to that.”
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Legally, Holmes came to the defense of another, which is the same as self defense, Dailey said.
Shevon Sutcliffe Thomas, who worked as a conflict attorney in the case, called the death an unfortunate accident. His client had asked Dent why he was hitting the woman, and that’s when the deceased man attacked.
Earlier in the case, Thomas had asked Holmes whether he wanted to request a bond. He declined, suspecting it would have been too high. He remained in the Muscogee County Jail until his Wednesday transfer to Alabama.