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Murder, robbery charges dismissed for lack of data; circuit attorney’s office blames federal agency

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis judge dismissed on Wednesday murder and robbery charges against two women because the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office had not turned over records in the case despite court orders to do so.

Circuit Judge Michael Noble dismissed cases against Rachel Nixon, 32, of Webster Groves, and Karen Ann Quinn, 41, of St. Louis, who were among four people charged in the April 15, 2018, death of 36-year-old Jerome Boyd Jr.

The judge criticized the circuit attorney’s office for not providing reports that included Quinn’s statements to an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

He had ordered the prosecutor’s office last year to produce the records and sanctioned the office for not providing the documents.

Allison Hawk, a spokeswoman for the Circuit Attorney Office, said in a statement that law enforcement agencies outside control of the office did not provide the requested evidence.

“We are disappointed with the Court’s decision and are investigating our options in this matter,” the statement said.

Quinn’s attorney, Sarah Boyce, has said she’s been asking for the state’s evidence since late 2018.

Assistant Circuit Attorney Chris Desilets said in court Wednesday that he had not been able to get records from the ATF and that the case shouldn’t be dismissed because his office did not control the federal agency.

The two other defendants have been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to drug or weapons charges. Prosecutors dropped murder, robbery and armed criminal action charges in exchange for their guilty pleas.

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