The Warrensburg Police Department has reacted to a decision by the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office to drop charges against a Saudi national. Ziyad Abid, 24, was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of William Blaine Whitworth, 25. Withworth’s body was found outside his home in Sept. 1, 2012. Police Chief Bruce Howey issued a statement Friday saying, “We are disappointed there was a need to dismiss the charges on Ziyad Abid.” Howey added that they have “full faith and the utmost respect in our Prosecuting Attorney and the State Attorney General’s Office and the difficult decisions they have to make.”
The case against Reginald Singletary Jr. continues. Investigators initially believed Singletary hired Abid, who was his roommate, to kill Whitworth. The charges were dropped Friday after information from a “critical witness” changed. The state was left with insufficient evidence to prosecute Abid. The former University of Central Missouri student was released from custody on Friday afternoon. Singletary remains behind bars on a $1 million bond.
Press Release from the Warrensburg Police Department
We are disappointed there was a need to dismiss the charges on Ziyad Abid in the William Blaine Whitworth homicide case. As a law enforcement agency, our job is to investigate crimes to the fullest, and then not intercede in the prosecution process once the case has been turned over to them. We have full faith and the utmost respect in our Prosecuting Attorney and the State Attorney General’s Office and the difficult decisions they have to make. Due to the fact that there is a pending criminal case against Reginald Singletary, we will make no further comment.