Murder Case Ends in Drug Plea after Witness Dies

By Associated Press | 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Louisville man has pleaded guilty to a drug offense after the slaying of a witness caused a federal murder and racketeering case to fall apart.

Dion Dajuan Neal reached an agreement with prosecutors Wednesday that will result in his release after sentencing later this year in exchange for his guilty plea to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Neal has served about 40 months in federal custody.

Neal and Ricky Lewis Kelly were charged in 2011 with killing LaJuante "B.B." Jackson in 2005 in furtherance of a drug trafficking enterprise.

Federal prosecutors dropped charges against Kelly on Monday because a key witness in the case, Greg Sawyers, was shot and killed in July 2013.

State prosecutors charged Kelly with murder in Jackson's death on Tuesday.

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