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Charges To Be Dropped in Shooting

December 10, 1998

DETROIT (AP) _ Murder charges against two men accused in the ambush slaying of a policeman will be dropped, a judge said Wednesday.

District Court Judge Wade McCree said the charges against Darryl Boggon, 34, and Jamal Randle, 27, both of Detroit, probably would be formally dropped Thursday after meetings with prosecutors.

According to court documents, Boggon and Randle were named by Eric Anthony, the boyfriend of a woman abducted in what police call a drug-related kidnapping.

A report of the kidnapping late Saturday led police to look for a white van. When a van fitting the description was spotted, a chase began and shots were fired from the van at two police cars.

Officers Shawn Bandy and Lloyd Todd were shot in the face. Bandy died Sunday after being taken off life support. Todd remained hospitalized Wednesday in critical condition. A third officer suffered minor injuries.

Lawyers for Boggon and Randle said they were told the case against their clients fell apart after a witness could not pick either man out of a police lineup. The lawyers said police told them they also had problems with the credibility of the witness.

``What we had was a classic rush to judgment,″ Randle’s attorney, George Lyons, said. ``Once cooler heads prevailed, they had no choice but to release them.″

Police Chief Benny Napoleon said his department handled the investigation properly.

Two other men remain in custody but have not been formally arraigned, and two others were being sought.

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