WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A murder charge has been dropped against a Massachusetts man charged along with his half brother in connection with a homicide in Blackstone.

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/1OMATwQ ) reports that Brendan Bates, of Milford, is now charged with misleading a criminal investigation and other offenses in connection to the Nov. 20 shooting of 33-year-old Kevin Gonsalves.

He was granted $20,000 bail on Tuesday now that a grand jury has declined to indict him on a first-degree murder charge.

Authorities said Gonsalves was shot multiple times in the driveway of a Blackstone home.

Police say Bates and his half brother drove Gonsalves to the home under the guise of robbing a drug dealer. Bates' half brother still faces a murder charge.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com