MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police say charges against a 19-year-old who had been accused in a Raleigh woman’s killing were dropped after further investigation.
Roderick Barber was released from jail without charges on Thursday, police said.
That means the investigation into Margret Gaddy’s death will continue. Police are asking the public for information.
Family members of Barber had claimed he was innocent, and was at a cell phone store with them when the shooting happened. They say since Barber’s arrest in connection to the death of Gaddy, they’ve received several death threats.
“My heart really goes out to the family and my prayers are with them. I definitely hope they find the real killer,” said a family member, who did not want to be identified.
Court documents show at 2:08 p.m. Tuesday, Memphis police responded to a shooting on Spring Valley Cove in Raleigh.
A witness told investigators that Barber walked toward Gaddy and her grandson and starting shooting, ending Gaddy’s life.
However, Barber’s family says something’s not adding up.
“It’s not possible for him to be able to make it back to that place where they said she was shot at,” said a family member.
They say they were with Barber at the time of the shooting, claiming he was was at T-Mobile on Austin Peay at 2 Tuesday, not Spring Valley Cove.
“We talked to the manager and he verified. We talked to him. We have his number and he said, ‘Yeah I remember you all being here,’” a family member said.
Barber’s family says he may have known Gaddy’s family, having grown up in that neighborhood, but they don’t believe he would have any reason to kill her.
“The witness or the person who’s saying that probably knew him from that neighborhood also,” a family member said. “So, I don’t know if the real culprit looks like him or what but you know it wasn’t him.”
The family says they want justice on both ends and hopes the person responsible for Gaddy’s death will come clean.