Murder charge dropped in Halloween shooting

By The Associated Press
Wednesday, January 6, 2010; 12:07 PM

A murder charge has been dropped against a Howard County man accused in a Halloween party shooting in Clarksville that killed a Silver Spring man and paralyzed another guest.

The charge against Devin Dixon of Elkridge was dropped Tuesday in Howard County District Court. An attempted-murder charge against him was dropped last month.

State's Attorney Dario Broccolino says there wasn't sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. Dixon was charged with killing 19-year-old Aaron Brice of Silver Spring and paralyzing 22-year-old Nathaniel Quick of Columbia.

Police say Dixon remains in the Howard County detention center on unspecified charges. No other warrants have been issued but police say the investigation remains "very active."

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