Sole Eyewitnesses Recant in Two Recent Murder Cases

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Gunshots ring out, bodies drop and the perpetrators escape in two separate incidents. Later, the detectives uncover two alleged sole eye-witnesses, who supposedly didn’t stick around, but then they are brought downtown and they make positive identifications; the one of her nephew and the other of her sister’s ex-boyfriend. Both photo line-ups are just a formality and are done during the videotaped interviews. Solid IDs are made.

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New Haven murder charge dismissed as witness recants

NEW HAVEN >> After a prosecutor reported Friday that the state’s lone witness had recanted her allegations against Lawrence Easterling III in theshooting death of Devaante Jackson, a judge dismissed the charge of murder.

Superior Court Judge Patrick J. Clifford also dismissed the other pending charges in the case: carrying a pistol without a permit and illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle.

Although Easterling, 20, of 294 Eastern St., still faces four pending cases unrelated to the murder, he previously had posted the $50,000 bond for them and so was able to walk out of the courthouse Friday with his relieved family. He had been held in lieu of $650,000 bail on the murder charge.

“Justice has prevailed,” said Easterling’s father, Lawrence Easterling Jr., who was in court with three other family members.

But he acknowledged, “It’s been hard” since his son was arrested last October in the fatal shooting at the intersection of Rosette and Hurlburt streets on Aug. 15, 2013.

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