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Mother speaks after charges against son's alleged killer are dropped

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A St. Louis mother still reeling two years after her 16-year old son was murdered in North St. Louis is now expressing even more pain after charges against the accused killer were dropped.

Deadra Rounds says prosecutors have dropped murder charges against the man accused of killing her son Chauncey Browne, who was killed near Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and North Newstead in September 2013.

“He's out here on the streets. So I want to tell everybody in St. Louis to be aware. Be aware. This person is on the streets,” said Rounds. “Fear turns to anger for me. Its mind boggling. First, I have to understand how does a person, I hear the stories all the time how people just get off,” said Rounds.

Her son’s accused murderer was set on go on trial just days before he was released. Rounds says prosecutors told her that witnesses either are scared to speak or have been killed themselves, something she says happens too much.

“All too often. All too often. I think we would have a lot of cases squashed and closed and completed and everybody that's supposed to be in jail, in jail,” said Rounds.

Mary Pat Carl, lead homicide prosecutor of the City of St. Louis, says in any homicide case there must be cooperation from witnesses. Carl couldn’t speak specifically on Brown’s case, but says the only way prosecutors can pursue any homicide case is if people are willing to talk.

She says there might be a culture that discourages people to come forward and the only way to counter the culture is for people to support others coming forward.

“We diligently pursue every possible avenue we can to bring someone to justice. Sometimes circumstances exists such as not having witnesses that prevent us from being able to go forward,” said Carl.

Rounds says there are a lot of mothers and family members looking for justice throughout St. Louis after losing their children to violence.

“They just stated that there was not enough witnesses to speak up. Or it was enough and they were just fearful. So that's why he's walking out, that's why a lot of these fools are out here,” said Rounds.

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