Case dismissed against man accused of shooting BR boxer

Case dismissed against man accused of shooting BR boxer

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man with a long criminal history but no real time served will walk free yet again after a continuance for his trial was denied.

Christopher Stills is only 23-years-old, but he has a criminal history dating back to 2010. He's faced charges such as armed robbery, burglary, theft, and drug possession. In each case, either the charge was dropped against him, or he took plea deals for lesser sentences which were then suspended by a judge.

Today, it seems as though Stills will avoid jail time again, this time from an attempted manslaughter charge for critically injuring Baton Rouge boxer Emanuel Augustus during a shooting in 2014.

District Attorney Hillar Moore confirms that the trial against Stills was set to start today.

"A witness who saw the incident, Richard Stills, III, died on June 7, 2015," said Moore. "The victim has been unable to be located. He could not identify as to who shot him. We moved to continue today and it was denied [by Judge Louis Daniel]."

Stills has been locked up in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison since October 2014 on a $105,000 bond. He was originally charged with attempted second-degree murder for critically injuring local boxer Emanuel Augustus.

The charge was reduced to attempted manslaughter and illegal possession of a firearm. In August 2015 a sanity hearing was held and Stills was found competent to stand trial.

Stills is currently on probation for two burglary cases.

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