Murder charges dismissed against three in Western Pa.

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GREENSBURG (AP) – A Western Pennsylvania judge has dismissed murder charges against three of four people charged in the drug-related slaying of a man a year ago.


A Westmoreland County judge dismissed second-degree murder and homicide charges against 43-year-old Jesus Santiago, 24-year-old Danielle Clawson, and 23-year-old Tiffany Blattenberger.


In rulings issued last week and this week, the judge said it was clear that they weren’t responsible for the December 2012 death of 24-year-old Matthew Volk in a Derry Township mobile home.


Prosecutors had alleged that the three conspired with Volk to steal money from another man who ended up shooting Volk.


Twenty-one-year-old Ronnell Moses Jr. of Penn Hills remains charged in the murder. His attorney has indicated that he will argue that his client acted in self-defense.


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