ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis prosecutor has refiled a murder charge against a man, just a day after dropping the count as his trial was about to begin in the 2015 shooting death.

A spokeswoman for prosecutor Kelly Moyich tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that “witness cooperation” factored into Moyich’s dropping of the first-degree murder charge Monday against 26-year-old Christopher M. Smith of St. Louis. Moyich refiled the charge Tuesday, along with an armed criminal action count.

Smith is accused in the October 2015 slaying of 38-year-old Karriem Floyd, with whom Smith was living in an apartment.

A message left Thursday with Smith’s public defender was not immediately returned.

Smith has been jailed since November 2015. His bail on the refiled charges has been set at $500,000 cash.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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