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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