A Compton teen held in a capital murder case has been released after a last-minute discovery of new evidence. Charges against him have been dismissed.
NBC Los Angeles reports that Justin Marquis Scott (19) had been charged with capital murder and attempted murder in an Oct. 8 homicide in Inglewood. Scott's ex-girlfriend and the grandmother of her then-current boyfriend were shot to death.
Prosecutors allege Scott confronted his ex-girlfriend, Crystallyn Nguyen (18) and her boyfriend in the 11700 block of South Crenshaw Boulevard at around 12:30 p.m. According to NBC, it was believed that Scott shot Nguyen and her boyfriend's grandmother, Dora Dawson (64), who tried to protect her grandson.
Scott told law enforcement personnel that he did not commit the murders. Surveillance video from a smoke shop in Compton shows Scott in the store at the time of the homicides. Additionally, Scott was captured on surveillance video from a Chinese restaurant and a CVS pharmacy that night. Both locations were several miles from the crime scene.
Charges against Scott have been dropped following the discovery of this new evidence. If Scott had been convicted of the murders, he could have faced the death penalty. Scott's family has called for an independent investigation to uncover how the wrongful arrest occurred. Meanwhile, the Inglewood Police Department continues its investigation into the homicides.
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NOTE: Vitaly Sigal is not the criminal defense lawyer in this case.