Charges Against Lennard Sweeney Dropped

Prosecutors dropped all charges against Lennard Sweeney Monday. He had been accused of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of 38-year-old Edward Eugene Hall, Jr. on September 9.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office dismissed the charge without prejudice and the case remains under investigation,” spokesman William Miller said. “Because the investigation is continuing, we have no further comment.”

Sweeney, 23, was arrested on September 20 on suspicion of first-degree murder while armed. He was released six days later on the condition that he check in weekly with pretrial services.

Hall died on September 10 after he was stabbed three times the night before in the 4000 block of 1st Street Southeast, documents say.

Surveillance footage from a 7-Eleven showed Hall entering the store while an unknown subject dressed in all back stood outside.

A police officer identified the man in the photo as Sweeney, who the officer often saw in front of that 7-Eleven.

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