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State drops attempted murder charge in shooting

November 15, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Without a victim to testify, the state on Thursday dropped an attempted murder charge in a year-old shooting case.

Charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment against Ronald Goodwin Green were dismissed in Washington County Circuit Court.

This marked the second and final defendant to be cleared of shooting a New York City man off Sharpsburg Pike.

This past April 30, the same charges plus one other - hindering an investigation - against Monroe Anthony Myers were dropped.

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Green, 27, of New York City, and Myers, 21, of the 800 block of Virginia Avenue, were accused of shooting Robert Hernandez Jr. in the face, the back and the hip on Nov. 9, 2001, while he was in a car near the state prison complex south of Hagerstown.

Hernandez was taken to Washington County Hospital. He was treated there, then released.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said Thursday that Hernandez, 21, returned to his home state of New York after the shooting and has declined to help prosecute Green and Myers.

"Without him, we don't have a case," Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Arthur Rozes said at the time Myers' charges were dropped.

On Thursday, Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Robert Veil, standing in for Cirincion, and defense attorney Carl Creeden agreed that the charges against Green would be dismissed.

Green did not appear in court.

Following last year's shooting, police reported finding five grams of crack cocaine in Myers' possession.

In April, Myers was sentenced to five years in prison following his guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

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