Murder charge dismissed in 2011 Jefferson City shooting

Prosecutor says "witness issue" led to charge against Jose Hurtado being dropped

Murder charge dismissed in 2011 Jefferson City shooting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Cole County officials have dismissed a murder charge against a man accused of a 2011 deadly shooting.

Prosecutor Mark Richardson confirmed to ABC 17 News he is dismissing the murder charge against Jose Hurtado.

Richardson said there is a "witness issue" in the case and that he will determine later if the charge will be re-filed. 

Cole County Sheriff Greg White confirmed Hurtado will be released from jail Tuesday afternoon.

Hurtado was accused of killing Francisco Navarro at Apache Manor, a Jefferson City trailer park, in late 2011.

Investigators think Navarro was shot after trying to break up a fight over a loud muffler.

A second man, Rafel Fuentes, was also picked up for the crime, but his charges were dropped last year.

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