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Columbus courts: 3 men face murder indictment in July 2009 shooting death

Three men who had murder charges either dropped or dismissed in May were reindicted Tuesday on accusations they caused the death of a man in July 2009.

Carlos Brown, 25, Kubiat Ekperikpe, 34, and Clarence Demarcus Mahone, 24, were indicted on charges including murder and aggravated assault, court records state. They face charges in connection with the July 19, 2009, shooting death of Maurice Hollis, 24.

Police have said that Brown, Ekperikpe and Hollis intended to rob Mahone. Shots were fired, and Hollis died from a gunshot fired by Mahone, prosecutors have said.

Grand jurors initially tossed the charges because of a 1981 state Supreme Court case, State v. Crane, in which the court ruled that the law required a participant in a crime to be directly involved in someone’s death for that person to be charged with murder, prosecutors said.

A June Supreme Court ruling reinterpreted the law.

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