Last year Barry Long shot and killed a co-worker at a party in the eastern part of Mecklenburg County. According to witnesses Long pulled a gun and fired five times at William "Britton" Twitty who was trying to drive away from a night long argument.
Recently Long's original court date came and went with none of the fan fair of more sensational murder trials. According to a post attributed to Britton's mother the DA's office had no witnesses or offered any sworn testimony in the short hearing that was held. According to Britton's mother the only people there were Barry and his brother. An hour later Long walked out of the Mecklenburg County Court House.
According to Mecklenburg County ADA Rob Corbett Long claimed self defense and they didn't have enough evidence to prove otherwise. Corbett when on to say "it was a difficult desision".
Barry Long had been free on bond and Mecklenburg County DA's office filed a dismissal on October 28, 2010.
Surprising that there were no reporters or news trucks, no mobs of protesters with sign pleading justice for Twitty. In fact no coverage at all.
In the end a killer is free and the family of William Britton Twitty is left with nothing more than the hollow words of Barry Long: "I am sorry".
WBTV's report from July of last year is here.