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Murder charge dropped in Hagerstown, Md., slaying

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 2:01pm  ET

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Washington County prosecutors say they have dropped a murder charge in the 2012 slaying in Hagerstown of a man from neighboring Frederick County.

Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler told The Herald-Mail ( ) Tuesday that the investigation into the death of Antonio Joyner of Walkersville is continuing. She wouldn't say why prosecutors decided not to prosecute 19-year-old Marcus Longus for the slaying.

Joyner was fatally shot June 24, 2012, during a birthday party in a Hagerstown home.

Longus was sentenced Monday in Hagerstown to 60 days in jail, with another 16 months suspended, after pleading guilty to unrelated charges of methadone possession and driving with a suspended license.

He faces a jury trial next week in Baltimore on drug and handgun charges.

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