DECATUR — Prosecutors dropped murder charges against a Decatur man and he then pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after new information surfaced in a June homicide case

Alexander L. Boey, 26, had appeared in court Nov. 29 and was sentenced to 24 months probation in the shooting death of 35-year-old Bernard Norvell, who was gunned down in the early hours of June 3 outside a house in the 400 block of East Stuart Avenue.

The new information, according to State’s Attorney Jay Scott, is that witness reports said Norvell had opened fire first. He said that view of events was backed up by other physical evidence: “When we got the shell casings back from the State Police Crime Lab, it showed there were two separate guns, one used from the area of the victim, and one from the area of his killer, which corroborated self-defense,” said Scott, speaking Monday.

“Now we deal with lying witnesses all the time, but physical evidence and that kind of stuff doesn’t lie, and here we had two different sets of shell casings.”

Boey, who was represented by public defender Scott Rueter, was also sentenced to 180 days in the Macon County Jail, but with credit for 160 days spent in custody since his arrest. He was ordered to report to the Macon County Probation Office within 72 hours of his release from jail.

Scott said he could not comment on a motive for the two men shooting at each other. 

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