YORK, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped criminal homicide and conspiracy charges against one of two men arrested in a shooting death inside a Pennsylvania movie theater last month.
Jalen Bellaflores, 19, remains charged with hindering apprehension, obstruction of justice and evidence-tampering, a spokesman for the York County district attorney's office said. Prosecutors said at a bail hearing Friday that the police investigation didn't support the homicide charge.
Anu-Malik Johnson, 21, remains charged with homicide along with aggravated assault and a weapons count in the Dec. 2 shooting of 22-year-old Andre White Jr. at Regal Cinemas 13 in West Manchester Township.
Bellaflores remains in York County prison in lieu of $25,000 bail. Defense attorney Heather Reiner unsuccessfully sought unsecured bail. She declined to comment on the plea her client would enter at his Feb. 21 arraignment or whether he could testify against Johnson, who was arrested Dec. 18 in Pennsville, New Jersey.
Witnesses have said White had briefly spoken with Johnson and Bellaflores as he headed to his seat. Authorities allege that White and Bellaflores then moved to different seats, and Bellaflores later headed toward the exit while Johnson approached the seated victim and shot him. Police say a female bystander was shot in the face as the gunmen fled.
Police Chief John Snyder said last month that Johnson and White knew each other and there there was "some animosity" between them.