Charges Dropped After Teen Killed In Dec. 1-17-2011 - WSMV Channel 4

Charges Dropped After Teen Killed In Dec. 1-17-2011

Reported by Sara Dorsey
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
Police said a teenager confessed to killing another man, but they can't keep him in jail.

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Nathaniel Petway’s family doesn't understand why the charges have been dropped against the man who admits to pulling the trigger.
There were witnesses the day the 18-year-old student was fatally shot while walking with friends along Tuckahoe Drive on Dec. 10.
The suspected shooter then came forward to police and confessed to the shooting. He was later charged with criminal homicide, but that didn't last long, despite efforts by police.
Taura Sherrell is still struggling with the loss of her oldest son, who played football at Nashville's Hunters Lane High School.
“He was going to graduate this year. He was going to go to college. He loved playing football,” said Sherrell.
One of the men with Petway that night said on a Facebook post what police have concluded: The victim was simply walking with friends when he was shot.
Within a day, police arrested 19-year-old Steven Lamont Flint Jr., who, according to court documents, turned himself in and confessed to pulling the trigger. However, Flint was later set free.
“How can that be? How can he get away with murder like that? How can you put someone on the street after killing somebody?” said Sherrell.
The district attorney’s office said the charges against Flint were dismissed after several witnesses changed their stories. Sherrell said what makes matters worse is she had to hear the news from one of her son's friends.

“I haven't heard anything from the district attorney or the Metro detective from North Precinct. I haven't heard anything about my son's case,” said Sherrell.
The same person who posted on Facebook that he was walking with Petway and friends the night of the shooting then posted nine days later that he celebrated Flint's release.
Detectives said they are working on the case, but declined an interview Monday. They said they expect Flint will once again face charges in connection with Petway’s death but what those charges will be or when they'll come are unclear.



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