A charge filed against a man in connection with an Omaha killing fueled by a gang feud and revenge has been dismissed because he was asleep as it was planned.
After the slaying, police found a drunken Matthew G. Saunsoci, 26, in the back of a van, in which there was a 20-gauge shotgun, that had been abandoned by other men who would also be charged. He was passed out.
Douglas County District Judge Mark Ashford on Tuesday issued the order to dismiss the charge, conspiracy to commit murder. “The defendant's involvement is mere presence,” Ashford wrote in the order.
Montrell Wiseman, 16, was shot dead Oct. 21 as he held open the door of a house near 21st and Binney Streets, police have said. Desjuha Wilkinson, also 16, was also shot and survived.
Charges against four other suspects remain: the man authorities have identified as the shooter, Angelo Tolbert, 20, and Francis Cayou, 38, Adam Gamble, 24, and Joshua M. Vanackeren, 22.
— Emerson Clarridge