UCF Student, Shooting Suspect Has Charges Dropped: Eyewitness ID Was Faulty

http://Charges dropped against Julian Butler

Eyewitness reliability at its best.

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Three eyewitnesses erroneously identified Julian Butler, a 21-year old UCF student, as the shooter who fired into a crowd in Gifford, Florida, striking two victims on March 31. His attorney was able to demonstrate that he was not even in town at the time of the shooting, through surveillance video and a receipt from a store in Orlando. Eyewitness identification is one of the least reliable forms of evidence, and proved to be dead wrong in this case, in spite of 3 separate IDs. Police continue to search for the real shooter, and welcome any assitance from anyone who may have information about  the case. Kudos to the law enforcement working on the case to act relatively quickly to get Mr. Butler released. Thanks to Joe for the heads up on this story.

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