Ka’ron Hudson, of Lathrop, was charged with assault with a firearm, use of a firearm in connection of a felony and an enhancement of inflicting great bodily injury.
During an unscheduled court hearing on Thursday, Judge Richard Guiliani granted a request by Deputy District Attorney Brian Short to drop the charges.
Filling in for case prosecutor Ron Indran, Short said the request was due to “insufficiency of evidence.”
Hudson’s attorney, Tameem Mardini, said his client was an “innocent guy,” and co-counsel, Joel Carash, said that witness testimony during a preliminary hearing in February turned the case in favor of his client.
Hudson was scheduled for trial on May 15.
“We presented a witness who was standing right next to Ka’ron and identified that he was not the shooter,” Carash said. “Classic case of misidentification.”
Mardini said the defense team was notified by Indran on Wednesday, April 11, that he was requesting a dismissal by the court.
Since the decision to dismiss was made so quickly, Carash said they didn’t have time to get Hudson on the transport list to bring him to court on Thursday.
Mardini said he gave Hudson the news on Wednesday inside San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall in French Camp.
“At first he was silent, to let it sink in,” he said. “He was overjoyed. He has been waiting for this for a long time. He had faith in us and waited patiently.”
Hudson was arrested by Tracy police on Oct. 25 for allegedly firing a gun into a crowd of people outside of a Sweet 16 Birthday Party on 3502 Mars Court, Ste. 141 on Oct. 13.
According to police, gunfire started when two groups of people began arguing at the party around 11 p.m.
A 17-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound to his back right shoulder. He was taken to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and later released.
Detective Steve Flores, of the Tracy Police Department, said during a phone call on Thursday that investigators are not pursuing any other investigative leads at this point.
Mardini said Hudson’s family was “very happy” with the outcome of the case. After the hearing, family members were shouting “God is good,” but declined to make any further comments to the Tracy Press.
Hudson is expected to be released from juvenile hall by 5 p.m. on Thursday, according to his attorney.
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