Charges dismissed in Springfield hotel shooting

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — First-degree murder charges have been dropped against a man arrested in the shooting death of a woman at a Springfield hotel.

Defense attorneys for 48-year-old Terry Morrison suggested that someone else shot Pristina Tyner at the Home Stay Inn on Sept. 23.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://sgfnow.co/t0z2Y7) that a judge ruled during a preliminary hearing Friday that the case against Morrison was flawed.

A witness who was expected to identify Morrison as the killer instead gave conflicting testimony.

The charges could be refiled.

No motive has been announced in the shooting.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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