By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
March 13, 2013 — At a Wednesday hearing in Carter Circuit Court, DUI and murder charges were dismissed without prejudice against Randall Offill, 31, of Olive Hill, in the death of Jeremy Dixon.
Offill and Dixon were involved a single vehicle collision on KY-174 in January of last year. Offill was alleged to be driving under the influence when the wreck occured.
Dixon was pronounced dead on arrival after being transported to St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead following the crash.
Though the charges against Offill are technically dismissed, Commonwealth Attorney D. Brandon Ison was quick to point out that this is not his last word on the matter.
“This isn't going anywhere. This is a serious charge and we are going to re-open the investigation to get all the information we need to move forward with the case. We just weren't quite ready to go to trial yet,” Ison said.
By dismissing the charge without prejudice, Ison reserves the right to collect additional evidence and re-present his findings to a grand jury, who could potentially indict Offill once again on an array of charges ranging from reckless homicide to murder.
Offill's attorney, Michael Fox, expressed his thoughts on the proceedings in a post-hearing interview.
“It was proper for this case to be dismissed, because there is no evidence that a crime was committed. Just because a man died in a traffic accident doesn't mean that someone needs to be prosecuted,” said Fox.
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