WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Fitchburg man who spent more than six years in jail awaiting trial on a murder charge in connection with a fatal shooting at a girl's’ 15th birthday party has been freed after prosecutors say he was mistakenly identified as being involved.
Prosecutors on Thursday dropped charges against Xavier Santiago, who was 17 when he was arrested in October 2006.
Authorities said at the time of his arrest that Santiago was one of two men who returned to a girl’s Quinceanera celebration after being told to leave and opened fire, killing 24-year-old Julio Colon.
Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. tells The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/Zp1GUX ) that investigators received information several months ago that indicated that Santiago was not involved.
Santiago’s attorney says his client is ‘‘thrilled,’’ but not angry.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com