AIKEN -- Murder charges filed against two North Augusta men have been dropped after an investigation showed they had alibis.
A drug-related robbery was the motive for the killing of 26-year-old Julius Walker last week, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities now believe the slaying had nothing to do with Joseph Kemp, 25 of Nappier Lane, and Anthony "Pig" Perry, 24, of Celeste Circle, according to Capt. Troy Elwell. Both remain in jail on unrelated charges.
The pair were arrested after another suspect, Tyrone "Ty" Wade, 23, told police that they were involved. Police investigated the alibis of the pair and they held true.
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When confronted with this information Wade retracted his previous statements, Elwell said.
"We don't know what his (Wade's) motive was for telling us that," Elwell said.
Wade, 23, ofGreenland Drive in North Augusta has been charged with murder, first-degree burglary, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a crime.
He has also been charged with a weapons violation on allegations he fired a gun while he was in the front yard of Walker's home on Feb. 23.
Investigators are pursuing another individual who they do not wish to name in connection with the killing.
-- Aiken Standard, The McClatchy-Tribune Regional News