Charges against a Saudi national accused of paying his roommate to kill a Warrensburg bar owner were dropped Friday after information from a critical witness changed, leaving the state with insufficient evidence to prosecute him.
Ziyad Abid, 24, has been jailed since last September on first-degree murder and armed criminal action charges. Abid was arrested after his roommate, Reginald Singletary Jr., told investigators that he killed bar owner Blaine Whitworth last September, and that Abid had paid him to do it.
Singletary is being held on a $1 million bond.
Press Release from the Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney
Today, the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office dismissed the case against Ziyad Abid in the murder of William Blaine Whitworth.Abid was originally charged based on evidence resulting from the criminal investigation. Very recently, our understanding of evidence previously obtained from a critical witness has changed. As a result, the State is currently left without sufficient evidence to support the prosecution at this time.