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Murder charge dropped in fatal shooting outside bar

February 27, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a murder charge against a Massachusetts man who had been accused of fatally shooting another man outside a Pittsfield bar, but he still faces drug charges.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that 32-year-old James Cromartie’s bail was set Tuesday at $5,000 cash for a charge of cocaine possession.

Cromartie had been held without bail since October 2017 after his arrest in the January 2016 killing of 30-year-old James Dominguez.

Prosecutors dropped the murder charge Friday, citing the reliability of an eyewitness who has been charged with perjury.

Police say Dominguez was shot in the back of the head after leaving Lach’s Lounge.

Cromartie’s attorney said the evidence against his client wasn’t overwhelming and he was arrested on a warrant based on testimony prosecutors have now said was false.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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