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Prosecutors dismiss charges against tow-truck driver who drove over assailant

D.C. prosecutors this week dismissed charges against a D.C. tow-truck operator who police say hopped into his rig and fatally struck a man who pistol-whipped and robbed him in December.

Prosecutors had originally charged Corey D. Stoddard, 35, with second-degree murder in the Dec. 31 death of Kevin Lewis Crouch, 22, of Southeast Washington. But a judge later reduced that charge to voluntary manslaughter.

D.C. Fox 5 News was the first to report that charges had been dismissed.

It was a challenging case for prosecutors. Stoddard’s attorney, Eugene Ohm of the District’s Public Defense Service, argued his client was acting in self defense. In March, prosecutors offered Stoddard a plea deal to involuntary manslaughter with no jail time. Stoddard rejected the offer.

At a recent hearing, prosecutors told a D.C. Superior Court judge that they expected a grand jury to return an indictment against Crouch by this past Wednesday and a hearing was scheduled for Friday. Instead, prosecutors dropped the charges.

Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said the charges were dropped Tuesday for “insufficient evidence” but added that the investigation into the case was “continuing.” Ohm declined to comment.

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Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

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