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January 23, 2014

Charges dismissed against homicide suspect

KEYSER, W.Va. — On Wednesday, Mineral County Circuit Court dismissed a felony count of murder as well as other charges against Taj F. Green for the 2011 shooting that killed Ryan Henry, 25, in Ridgeley and seriously injured his brother, according to Jay Courrier, prosecuting attorney.  

“The court dismissed his case without prejudice yesterday due to some additional evidence that made the state unable to prove the case against him,” said Courrier.

Green was facing a felony count of murder as well as conspiracy to commit murder, malicious wounding, attempted murder, conspiracy to inflict injury and three felony counts of wanton endangerment involving a firearm. Rasshammach Roberts, his brother Rasjahnon Roberts and Tavon Joseph Kearney are being charged with felony counts of murder as well as all the aforementioned charges.

A trial for one of the Roberts brothers, who are co-defendants, will be set in the near future, according to Courrier.

Ryan Henry was killed Sept. 4, 2011, at 1:40 a.m. near the corner of Potomac and Lyons streets after an altercation began in My Place, a nearby Ridgeley tavern, police said. His brother Richard Henry, 23, was seriously injured when he was shot in the face. The New Jersey men were visiting family for the Labor Day weekend.

The firearm used in the shooting was recovered, according to the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department.

Rasjahnon Roberts, 27 at the time of the homicide, was arrested Sept. 16, 2011, in Williamsport by members of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Kearney, who was 24 at the time, was charged Oct. 24, 2011, in Hampton, Va.

Rasshammach Roberts, who initially evaded police, was taken into custody in April 2012 by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., shortly after he was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” He was 29 years old at the time.

All four men were jailed when they were indicted by a Mineral County grand jury in September 2012.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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