Prosecutors Drop Charges in Twin's Death

Deceased implicated brother in theft scheme

Monday, Apr 16, 2012  |  Updated 10:04 PM EDT
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Prosecutors Drop Charges in Twin's Death

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Howard County prosecutors are dropping charges against a Columbia, Md., man who had been accused of killing his twin brother.

Prosecutors told a judge Monday that they will not pursue another trial for 24-year-old Wael Ali after a mistrial was declared last month. After speaking to jurors, Assistant State's Attorney Jim Dietrich said prosecutors didn't think they could do better in a retrial of the circumstantial case.

Wasel Ali disappeared the same day he was fired after admitting a role in a theft scheme and implicating his brother, authorities said. After the brothers were seen on surveillance video leaving the Mall at Columbia, Wael Ali called a friend saying his brother was missing, authorities said, but he had already searched the area where Wasel Ali's body was later found.

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