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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Drowning charge dropped
Not enough evidence to prosecute Mearns in teen's death

Prosecutors dropped a manslaughter charge against a Marathon man who had faced up to 15 years in prison in the 2011 drowning death of a teenage girl, Monroe County State Attorney Catherine Vogel said Wednesday.

There was "insufficient evidence" to convict Michael Randall Mearns, 26, of second-degree felony manslaughter with culpable negligence, according to court documents...

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