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Charges dropped for 3 people accused of toppling Confederate monument in Durham

Posted November 9, 2017 12:43 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 1:40 p.m. EDT

— Charges for three people who are accused of toppling a Confederate monument in downtown Durham have been dropped, according to their defense attorney.

According to defense attorney Scott Holmes, charges were dropped against Aaron Alexander Caldwell, Myles Spigner and Taylor Cook, citing that probable cause exists, but there was not enough evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

On Aug. 14, a group of protesters tore the statue of a Confederate soldier down after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., ended with one woman dead and almost two dozen injured.

The events in Charlottesville sparked rallies around the country in support of counter-protesters.

A total of 13 people were charged – 12 with pulling down the statue and one with an offense related to wearing a mask.

District Attorney Roger Echols told WRAL News that the three dismissals should not be construed as an indication that others will follow.

"Cases continue to be reviewed until they are disposed. No one should take our dismissals of those three as an indication of what will or won’t happen in the others," he said.

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