Prosecutors plan to dismiss the case against the final man with charges still pending in the 2006 fatal shooting of a Bibb County deputy.
Hassan Harclerode, 36, is charged with murder in the March 23, 2006, death of Joseph Whitehead. Whitehead was killed while helping serve a no knock search warrant at a house on Atherton Street, just off Montpelier Avenue.
District Attorney David Cooke said he anticipates the dismissal will be filed this week, closing the case which once implicated five people in Whiteheads death.
From our review of the case, he has already been sentenced for the crimes that he committed, Cooke said. It would not be just to move forward against him for a murder that he had no knowledge of and played no part in.
Harclerode, who pleaded guilty in federal court to maintaining a place to distribute a controlled substance, was sentenced to prison in 2008. Federal prison records show he was released in June.
Antron Fair, 28, in a statement to prosecutors as part of his 2012 plea agreement, said Harclerode rented the Atherton Street house to Fair, Damon Jolly and others, as a place to store, sell and use drugs. It also was used as a place to play pool and video games, drink alcohol and have sex, according to Fairs statement.
Harclerodes lawyer, Paul Christian, said Harclerode was on the other side of town when Whitehead was shot.
A telephone message left for Harclerode was not returned last week.
Fair and Jolly, 28, were sentenced to life in prison in 2012 after pleading guilty to murder, avoiding possible death sentences.
Another man initially charged with murder in the case, 28-year-old Thomas Porter, pleaded guilty during an April hearing to possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. He was sentenced to four years in prison followed by six on probation. With credit for 27 months that he served in federal prison and two years on probation for failing to report drug dealing at the Atherton Street house, Porter didnt serve additional time.
Charges against 28-year-old Cynthia Green, a woman who was at the house during the raid, also have been dismissed.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.