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Judge Dismisses Murder Charges After St. Louis Circuit Attorney Repeatedly Fails To Show Up To Court

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A repeat felon accused of murder was allowed to walk free over the weekend after St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office failed to show up to court for multiple hearings on the case.

St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Jason Sengheiser called Gardner’s office out for failing to do its job on Friday and said he was left with no options but to dismiss the murder charge against 30-year-old Brian Campbell, KSDKreported.

“In a case like this where the Circuit Attorney’s Office has essentially abandoned its duty to prosecute those it charges with crimes, the court must impartially enforce the law and any resultant threat to public safety is the responsibility of the Circuit Attorney’s Office,” Sengheiser said as he dismissed the charge.

Although Gardner quickly released a statement claiming the accused murder was still in custody and that her office had re-filed charges, Campbell had actually already been released, KSDK reported.

“Be assured that as the Circuit Attorney of the City of St. Louis, I am accountable to the public for the actions of the office and remain committed as ever to upholding the highest possible standards and practices of accountability at all levels of this office, particularly the public safety of the residents of the City of St. Louis. As a result, the individual in this case is [in] custody,” she declared.

Gardner released a follow-up statement on Tuesday night confirming Campbell is actually on the loose.

She further claimed her office has been keeping the family of the victim, 30-year-old Randy Moore, informed about the status of the case – a claim Moore’s family denies, according to KSDK.

In fact, the Moore family said the only updates they have received on the case have come from homicide detectives and the media.

“Why was it so hard to pick up the phone to call to let us know what was going on?” Randy Moore’s sister, Cierra Moore, said of the prosecution’s lack of communication.

The murder victim’s other sister, Brandy Veasley, said Gardner’s office has been an all-around failure from the start, KSDK reported.

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“Kim Gardner is a poor excuse for a prosecutor. It’s not fair,” Veasley told the news outlet. “I know she tried to give the black people chances, but on a murder? No. No.”

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