Friday, April 8, 2011

South Charlotte Weekly on Allen dismissal

The only print media source to truly cover the Bonnie & Clyde fiasco is the Charlotte Weekly family of papers. So it's no surprise they've covered both the expected dismissal of charges against Caleb Allen, the wrongly accused 'Clyde,' and the unfortunate dismissal of charges against two other suspects due to police missteps.

Anyone who's been following this whole tale should read the whole thing. A snippet:
Now, prosecutors have dropped all charges against the three, stating that a combination of a misidentification of Allen as one of the suspects and the mishandling of a search warrant by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police has left the cases too flimsy to take to trial. Police public information officer Robert Fey said last week that the department will not comment on any of the cases or the dismissal of the charges.
While my post earlier in the week touched upon many of the same details, the Charlotte Weekly article written by Mike Parks, Frank DeLoache and Josh Lanier does an excellent job providing overview of the overall story and pulling out the nuggets in the release document. I suspect if Diana Allen had not hooked up with the Charlotte Weekly, Caleb would still be charged for this crime.

If you haven't read any of my posts on this, you might want to reconsider because it's a good story, especially now that the charges against Caleb Allen have finally been dropped. It's got a little bit of everything: break-ins totaling thousands of dollars, drugs, mom on stakeout, roadside confrontations, a high speed chase on a flat tire, an influential Waxhaw blogger, police missteps, media, and innocent man fighting for and ultimately winning his freedom. (Which one doesn't belong?)

It's because this story is so captivating that I'm so very surprised that none of the local media, save Tara Servatius and the oft mentioned Charlotte Weekly newspapers, had any interest in telling it. It's a great story to tell.

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