Charges dropped against Petersburg murder suspect

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PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A suspect in a Petersburg murder that happened back in March has been released from jail.

Charges against Patrick S. Parrish, 26, were dropped by the Petersburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office after they said several witnesses would not testify.

Parrish would have gone on trial next week for the murder of Michael Ward, who was found dead in a 7-Eleven parking lot earlier this year.

On Wednesday, March 30, shortly after 2 a.m., police were called to the 7-Eleven at 701 South Crater Road in Petersburg for reports of a person shot. When police arrived on scene they found Michael Ward, 24 years-old, from Chesterfield County, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Ward was transported to Southside Regional Medical Center where he later died.

Parrish was arrested back in April by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force on gun charges and was later indicted for First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony in Petersburg Circuit Court.

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