Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The father of a slain 20-month-old who had been arrested on a shooting charge two weeks ago has been released, according to his lawyer.
Rashaad Walker Sr. – who police believe is connected to several shootings in Syracuse – had been charged in the March 20 shooting of a man in front of a South Salina Street barbershop.
Moran said that witnesses in the case were not willing to testify.
Preliminary hearings are held in order to verify that the prosecution has sufficient evidence to continue with its case.
Moran said that because there was no preliminary hearing, the case against Walker cannot go ahead for now.
Walker was freed from jail without restrictions, though the charges against him remain in place.
According to Moran, the DA's office has 6 months to restart the prosecution of the charges or the charges will have to be dropped.
Walker was charged with second degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon on April 15.
The murder of his toddler son, Rashaad Walker Jr., was a major event at the center of a spate of gang violence throughout the city.
Saquan Evans was convicted of killing the child and will serve 25 years to life in prison.
Evans and Walker are allegedly connected to rival gangs – the Bricktown gang and the 110 gang respectively. Evans was trying to shoot Walker when he struck the man's child. The child died from his injuries.
Walker does not have another appearance in court scheduled.