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Murder case dropped over fired Philly detective’s ‘outrageous’ misconduct

July 3, 2018 GMT

By Staff

A pending murder case officially dissolved Tuesday when the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office decided not to appeal a judge’s ruling that a former city detective had committed “outrageous” misconduct and irreparably tainted the investigation by developing unusual relationships with several key witnesses.

Darnell Powell had been facing a potential life sentence for fatally shooting 22-year-old Eliezer Mendez in Kensington in 2015, a crime that had been captured on surveillance video and in which another defendant already had pleaded guilty and was expected to implicate Powell.

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