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Murder charges dropped in Pittsfield bar shooting

February 23, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Murder charges are being dropped against a Massachusetts man accused of killing another man outside a Pittsfield bar in 2016.

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office said Friday it’s dropping a case against James Cromartie of Pittsfield, who was accused of killing 30-year-old James Dominguez of Springfield. The Berkshire Eagle reports the decision stems from issues surrounding the reliability of an eyewitness who has been charged with perjury. A notice to cease prosecution was filed in Berkshire Superior Court.

District Attorney Andrea Harrington said in a statement that “justice demands not proceeding with this prosecution at this time.”

Police say Dominguez was shot in the back of the head in the early morning hours after leaving Lach’s Lounge. Police later received tips that claimed 32-year-old Cromartie was the shooter.

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