MANITOWOC COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - The case against a man who was arrested for the 2016 murder of a Manitowoc man has been dismissed, according to online court records.
On May 8, the prosecution filed a motion to dismiss in the 1st Degree Intentional Homicide case of Quinn Orn Smith, 23. Court records say: "Further review indicates that there is insufficient evidence for the State to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt."
The court listing says the State consulted with law enforcement and the family of victim Kor Yang, and moved to dismiss the case.
On May 10, the case was dropped, but the charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning the State can reissue the charges.
The Manitowoc Police Department issued a statement Friday afternoon reading in part:
This decision was made after lengthy discussions between the Manitowoc County District Attorney's Office, the Manitowoc Police Department and a spokesperson for the Yang family.
With the defense's request for a "speedy trial" everyone felt it would be in the best interest of justice to dismiss the charges at this time rather than hastily go forward with the case. As most people are aware the prosecution only gets once chance to conduct a trial as "double jeopardy" does not allow a second chance. In addition, there is no statute of limitations on a homicide charge which is different from most other charges.
Smith was arrested in May of 2016, several months after the murder of 52-year-old Kor Yang at Kor's home in Manitowoc.
On Feb. 5, 2016, Yang answered an early morning knock on his door in and was shot in the chest. He later died.
A detective testified that Quinn Smith's DNA was found on the gun used in the crime.
Investigators did not determine who fired the gun in the killing of Kor Yang.
Action 2 News has reached out to the Manitowoc County District Attorney's Office and Smith's attorney to find out more about why the homicide charge was dismissed. We will update this story when we get a response.
In the meantime, police continue the search for a suspect named Joe Vang. Vang is known to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in Minnesota. No charges are listed for Vang on Wisconsin online court records.
Police say Joe Vang and Quinn Smith had known ties to the Asian Crips gang in the St. Paul area.