Capital murder charges against three people in connection with a robbery and beating of an elderly Alabama man have been dismissed.
Carroll Jordan, 86, was taken to the University of South Alabama Medical Center where he passed away Saturday, two weeks after he was found by a neighbor following a beating and stabbing, AL.com reported.
Police say the suspects in the case assaulted the elderly man as part of a home invasion. Investigators believe the trio targeted Jordan so they could steal a flat screen television from the victim’s home, which was found after the attack in his backyard as the thieves fled.
According to an incident report filed in court, Jordan’s wedding ring was also stolen by the suspects.
Police arrested 21-year-old Deangelo Terrell Smith, 19-year-old Yasmine Raquel Munnerlyn, and 20-year-old Carlos Obrien Nottingham.
Police arrested a fourth person, 18-year-old Robert Campbell, but the charges against him were later dropped because there was no evidence to prove that he was involved in the home invasion, said Lt. Tommy McDuffie of the Chickasaw Police Department.
The first suspects arrested were initially charged with first-degree assault and burglary, which were later upgraded to attempted murder. But after Jordan died, the three faced one count of capital murder, a charge punishable by the death penalty.
However, according to court documents filed Wednesday, capital murder charges against the three suspects have been dropped, WKRG reports.
According to Mobile County Metro Jail records, this is not the first time the three suspects have spent time in jail.
Smith was arrested three different times on charges of third-degree robbery, third-degree assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. His robbery case was sent to a grand jury, but a motion to have his bail denied was filed due to his most recent arrest.
Nottingham was sentenced to 10 years after an armed carjacking in 2010. He pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree murder, AL.com reported.
Munnerlyn was charged with two separate counts of third-degree harassment in 2013 as part of domestic incidents.
All three suspects are due in Mobile County District Court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 27.
From left to right, DeAngelo Terrell Smith, Yasmine Munnerlyn and Carlos Nottingham (Courtesy of the Mobile County Sheriff's Office via AL.com)