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Charges dropped against 3 suspects in Breedlove murder

Derrick Murray, Bobby John Handegard, and Bobby Michael Handegard Derrick Murray, Bobby John Handegard, and Bobby Michael Handegard
Shane Breedlove Shane Breedlove

Charges have been dropped against all three suspects in the murder of Evansville D.J. and musician, Shane Breedlove.

Social media lit up with praise and criticism of the decision.

Police say Breedlove was gunned down on Evansville’s east side on July 19.

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Despite this latest twist in the case, officers tell us they'll never stop seeking justice for Shane.

Two of the suspects, Bobby John Handegard and Bobby Michael Handegard, were released from jail on Friday afternoon.   

Police tell us they’re working to get enough evidence to put them back behind bars. 

The third suspect, Derrick Murray, is still in jail on a federal hold related to another case.

The prosecutor's office says the decision to dismiss the charges was made jointly with the Evansville Police Department.

A determination was made that that while probable cause exists in all three cases involving the men, there was not sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt - Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office

Bobby John's attorney and Murray's attorney believe there was never any proof. 

They say these charges should have never been filed. 

This case represents a grave injustice.  My client was drug out of his house in front of his wife and his child like an animal. He was accused of murder.-Scott Danks

The probable cause affidavit which somehow got past a judicial officer trusting the police department and the prosecutor to do their jobs was the flimsiest probable cause affidavit I've seen since 1981.-Christian Lenn 

We did speak with Evansville Police about the attorney’s criticisms and this latest development. 

While police say it's true that the evidence isn’t there right now, they applaud their investigators for the work that’s been done. 

Officers remain hopeful and confident that arrests are coming. 

We strive to conduct a professional, efficient, ethical investigation each and every time we launch an investigation.  We did so in this case. We will in the future, and there's no reason to change our method of operation. -Captain Andy Chandler

Evansville Police are urging anyone with any information on this case to come forward.

And Shane Breedlove's family is also making that plea.

His mother says they are disappointed and in disbelief.  But they remain hopeful.

Obviously as his mother, the feeling of losing Shane is debilitating. Our lives are forever changed. We will never be able to understand how someone can seek out, locate and then shoot someone in the back as he is just walking down the street- Carole Cleveland, Shane Breedlove's mother

They're still offering a reward that's now up to $14,000. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Evansville Police Department at (812) 436-7896 or the anonymous WeTip hotline at 800-87-CRIME.

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