Charges dropped against four accused in Newburg murder

Charges dropped against four accused in Newburg murder
Arrests have been made at this time. (Source: WAVE)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - After a weekend shooting left a local mother dead, four suspects arrested are no longer facing murder charges.

The deadly shooting happened Sunday around 7:30 p.m. near Poplar Level Road and Indian Trail.

Both a man and a woman were shot multiple times. Thirty-six-year-old Tana Hillman died from her injuries.

Marcus Vester, Steven Curtis, Zaman Taylor, and Deron Perkins were charged the next day and arraigned on Tuesday.

Attorney Alex Dathorne said he received information that showed the four men were not involved in the murder. He told WAVE 3 News Troubleshooters that he contacted LMPD’s Homicide Unit, which acted immediately.

“They did not want to have the wrong people in custody,” Dathorne said. “They made valiant efforts over the next 12 hours and immediately initiated the dismissal of the murder charges.”

LMPD issued the following statement:

"On yesterday’s date (September 15) the LMPD Homicide Unit was notified of new information in relation to the homicide which occurred at E Indian Trail and Poplar Level Rd. Upon receipt of that information, LMPD immediately began to verify the validity of the information. Once it was determined this information contradicted what was discovered in the early onset of the investigation, the Homicide Unit began working with the Commonwealth and County Attorney’s Offices to ensure charges were immediately dismissed. This morning, Assistant County Attorney Richard Elder filed a motion to dismiss all charges against the four individuals that were initially arrested. Please contact the County Attorney’s Office for a copy of the motion made this morning.

The Homicide Unit stands committed to ensuring a proper investigation is conducted on all cases. We believe the families of our victims, along with the accused, deserve that. If new evidence is brought to light that will change the direction of that investigation we will diligently follow the leads provided. As has been shown by today’s events, when facts are provided that negate the probable cause necessary to enact an arrest, we will work with all judicial bodies to ensure the proper steps are taken."

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