Charges against Terrece Cox were dropped on Friday as Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said witnesses to a shooting on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge last May were uncooperative.
Kleine said, "People need to stand together and say we are not going to tolerate this and we are going to be willing to testify."
The 24-year-old Cox was charged with second-degree murder, two counts of felony assault and three counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Twenty-six-year-old Shamari Richards died from his injuries and 29-year-old Kevin Jenkins and 19-year-old Jeremy Fejeran were wounded early on the morning of May 29, 2013.
As word came Friday that charges against Cox were being dropped, Shamari Richards' mother, Lorraine Richards, said, "It just hurts real bad, not knowing I can see him, touch him or here him, he was very loved, he was loved by plenty of people, he touched a lot of people's heart and a lot of people touched his heart, too."
Cox's trial was scheduled to begin on Monday. He has maintained his innocence throughout the investigation.
Following a court appearance in June, Cox's mother Richetta Henry said she was surprised her son was accused of murder. “I wouldn't imagine him going to these lengths. Now I will say he has had some situations with the law, you know what I'm saying, but to this degree, no. I do offer my condolences to the family of the victim."
Billy Kellogg was charged with being an accessory to a felony. Kleine says the charge against Kellogg is still pending.