DECATUR – A Decatur man was set free from jail after the victim he was charged with shooting suddenly told prosecutors that he had lied and someone else had shot him the left buttock.
Demetrius D. Ford, 25, was released after a hearing Friday at Macon County Circuit Court in which charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, being an armed habitual criminal and aggravated discharge of a firearm were dismissed without prejudice, which means they could be refiled. The aggravated battery with a firearm and armed habitual criminal charges are both class X felonies, punishable by six to 30 years in prison.
Ford had pleaded not guilty and his trial was due to begin Monday.
Ford, who has been held in the Macon County Jail since August, was immediately ordered released.
First Assistant Macon County State's Attorney Nichole Kroncke described the case as “frustrating” and said it may have consequences for the male shooting victim. “He could face charges now,” she said in an interview Monday. “He may be charged with obstructing justice for falsely stating that Demetrius Ford shot him.”
The victim was shot July 22 after getting into an argument with Ford's mother. The bullet that hit him had traveled down his left thigh bone and ended up lodged above his left knee. Police had described the injury as “incapacitating but not life-threatening.”