Charges dismissed in shooting of Louisville mail carrier

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Federal charges accusing two brothers in connection with the shooting of a postal worker in Louisville have been dismissed.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin dismissed a Feb. 16 criminal complaint against Marcus Bennett and Eric Bennett.

Eric Bennett was accused of shooting mail carrier Da’Ron Lester during his route at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10. The complaint alleged that Marcus Bennett was a passenger in the car from which Lester was shot. Lester survived the shooting.

The Courier-Journl reports courtroom video taken Feb. 10 shows Marcus Bennett in court for a trial between 10:22 a.m. and just before noon. A man appearing to be Eric Bennett also appears in the video starting around 11:24 a.m.

Prosecutors asked for the dismissal, saying the investigation wouldn’t be completed in the required time frame.

The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning prosecutors could charge either brother again.