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Suspected gunman walks free when witness won't testify

RANTOUL -- The victim of an attempted murder won't testify in court, now the suspected gunman is free.
RANTOUL -- The victim of an attempted murder won't testify in court, now the suspected gunman is free.

Two years ago, police responded to a shooting at a convenience store on Maplewood Drive. Dwayne Perkins was working when he was shot. Perkins and witnesses told police Jyshawn Jackson did it.

That led police on a two-year manhunt for Jackson. He was just found a few months ago in Murphysboro and arrested for attempted murder and aggravated battery.

Earlier this week, those charges were dismissed because Perkins and other witnesses didn't show up to court. In fact, police and the Champaign County State's Attorney say they haven't been able to locate them for the past month.

Without contact information, authorities can't serve subpoenas forcing them to come to court. That means Jackson is free as long as he doesn't have any other pending charges. Sergeant Bouse doesn't believe he does.

If police can contact the victim or any other witnesses, and they're cooperative, the charges can be refiled.
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