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Prosecutors have dropped charges against a 19-year-old just two weeks after he was accused of killing another teen who was found dead in a stolen car outside Duke University Hospital.
Quantarius Williams, 19, was arrested July 22 and charged with murder in the death of Duwayne Clay Jr. and with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling/moving vehicle.
Clay, 16, was found with a gunshot wound in a stolen vehicle shortly after 12:30 a.m. May 28.
Investigators believe the fatal shooting happened in the area of Fayetteville and Timothy streets.
The dismissal this week came after a grand jury voted not to indict Williams on those charges, according to court documents released Monday.
A grand jury’s duty is to hear evidence presented by a prosecutor and decide whether there is probable cause for the charge.
“Probable cause is a reasonable suspicion supported by circumstances sufficiently strong to warrant a cautious person to believe that the person accused is guilty of the offense charged,” according to a state grand jury handbook. “To pass on a bill of indictment, only two questions need be answered. First, was a crime probably committed, and second, did the defendant probably commit that crime?”
Charges could return if the evidence in the case changes or if there is probable cause to support a different charge, said Sarah Willets, a spokesperson for the District Attorney’s Office.
Williams was released from the Durham County jail on Tuesday on $15,000 bail related to another pending charge, according to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.
On June 10, Williams was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction and possession with intend to sell and distribute marijuana, according to court documents.
Williams was found with a sawed off SKS assault rifle and 1 1/2 ounces of marijuana, according to court documents. He was released from jail on $15,000 bail that day, but was charged with two counts of failure to appear on a felony after he missed a June 9 court date, according to court documents.
A Duke University spokesman said someone drove a stolen car with Clay to the front of the hospital’s emergency department access road and then ran from the car, The News & Observer previously reported.
Clay was a student at Southern School of Engineering and Sustainability, but he withdrew in November, according to a Durham Public Schools spokesperson.