'Kim Gardner is a poor excuse for a prosecutor': Family of murder victim outraged after charges dropped, suspect freed
July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Gardner's office says it has re-filed charges against Brandon Campbell
LOUIS — St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office has “essentially abandoned its duty to prosecute those it charges with crimes. ”
This according to St. Louis Circuit Judge Jason Sengheiser, who dismissed a murder case Friday after Gardner’s prosecutors failed to appear for multiple hearings on the case.
St. Louis police told the I-Team murder suspect Campbell is now free, despite a statement from Gardner’s office saying it re-filed the charges and that he is in custody.
Gardner’s office issued a revised statement at about 7 p. m. Tuesday confirming Campbell remains at large and that the office has kept Moore’s family informed about the case.
Moore's sisters say Gardner’s inaction on their brother’s case is inexcusable and they learned the suspect was free from the I-Team even though state statute requires prosecutors to keep victims' families informed of the developments in their loved ones’ cases.
Campbell’s public defender asked Gardner’s office for the evidence against Campbell on multiple occasions, according to the judge’s dismissal order.
On May 17, Campbell’s public defender filed another motion asking Gardner’s office for the evidence and asked the judge to sanction prosecutors if it was not provided.
Campbell’s attorney showed the court a copy of an email she sent directly to Gardner dated May 28 asking Gardner who she should contact on the case seeing as the prosecutor of record was on maternity leave.
Although presumed innocent, defendant has been charged with the most serious of crimes…In a case like this where the Circuit Attorney’s Office has essentially abandoned its duty to prosecute those it charges with crimes, the court must impartially enforce the law and any resultant threat to public safety is the responsibility of the Circuit Attorney’s Office,” the judge wrote.
But for Cierra Moore, the number of dismissals piling up in Gardner's office including her brother's leaves her with one question: