DA dismisses charges against suspect arrested in 1992 murder case

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The district attorney said charges have been dismissed against a man arrested earlier in the month in connection with a murder from almost 25 years ago.

District Attorney Hillar Moore said there is not "sufficient credible and admissible evidence" to charge Woodrow Harrell, 65, with first-degree murder in the death of Leonardo Noriega, 57.

Moore added that despite the efforts of the investigators, there is no physical evidence that links Harrell to the crime.

Noriega's body was found at his home on Skylark Street on Dec. 9, 1992, but detectives said they believe he was killed about a week before being discovered.

He was beaten to death. Autopsy results showed the victim died from massive head trauma from a blunt instrument. His skull was crushed.

Moore said Edward Belin, now 54, was arrested two years ago in connection with the murder, but was also released after a grand jury failed to indict him on charges.

According to Moore, Noriega's murder will remain an open case. Anyone with information that could help detectives solve it is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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