Key witness refuses to testify in Roanoke homicide case

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) There are surprising new developments in Roanoke's first homicide of the year.

Charges have been dismissed against one defendant and are likely to be dropped against the other. Based on the statements of one key witness, police arrested two men for the January murder of Michael Nance. Now that witness is refusing to testify.

Police filled the 1800 block of Staunton Avenue NW on Jan. 17 after a shooting that claimed the life of Michael Nance. The next day, Michael David Jr. was arrested and charged with murder.

On March 21, Markeith Bryson was arrested in New Jersey where he awaits extradition.

But prosecutors now say their key witness refuses to testify, and without her information, they don't have enough for conviction.

A judge dismissed David's murder charge on Thursday and Commonwealth Attorney Don Caldwell says they'll likely have to drop the extradition request and charge for Bryson also.

The case will be kept open in case anyone else comes forward.