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Sowell will not be prosecuted in murder case

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

The case against a teen charged in the death of a Gosnell girl will not be prosecuted, according to documents from the Mississippi County Circuit Court.

An order of Nolle Prosse by the State of Arkansas in the case of Christopher Sowell was granted Wednesday.

Sowell, who was 17 at the time of the incident, was arrested in connection with the death of Jessica Williams in August 2013. Police accused Sowell of killing the 11 year old after he got angry and pushed her off a bridge. Her body was found in a ditch on August 28, 2013.

The court documents on the order explain that DNA collected during the investigation was found to originate from Freddie Sharp III. He was found guilty of raping Williams and sentenced to 25 years in prison in October 2014.

The documents explain that Sowell was excluded "as a contributor to the DNA evidence obtained during the investigation of both cases."

However, the order states more investigation is required in the case pending against Sowell. Furthermore, the State of Arkansas can choose to re-file the case "within the time prescribed by applicable law."

For many residents in the Gosnell community, Jessica's death is still fresh. Several residents said they were shocked the charges against Sowell were not being prosecuted since police initially stated Sowell admitted to killing Jessica.

However, 2nd Judicial District Prosecutor Scott Ellington said the investigation into the murder is still open.

"We want to serve justice for the Williams family and prevent injustice against Sowell," Ellington said.

Ellington told Region 8 News that prosecutors are going to reevaluate the evidence in the case and request any new evidence to be presented.

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