The case will now be represented to a grand jury after the motion for dismissal was granted by Ontario County Court Judge Brian Dennis.
CANANDAIGUA — The family members of Jawuan Brumfield let out a gasp and lowered their heads as the judge dismissed the second-degree manslaughter charges against the man accused of beating their loved one to death.
The action taken on Tuesday by Ontario County Court Judge Brian Dennis comes after defense attorney Chris Rodeman filed a motion for dismissal on behalf of his client, Jeffrey Salone Jr., who was charged with second-degree manslaughter in Brumfield's death.
Any celebration or relief by Salone and his supporters was minimal and short lived. Ontario County First Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride immediately requested that Salone be held on no bail, pending representation of the case to a new grand jury. There’s also an alleged parole violation looming once this case is resolved.
Salone was charged in August of 2018, nearly a year after the incident, and according to evidentiary hearings, Salone stated to police that he woke up to find Brumfield breaking into his Geneva apartment and, after a fight broke out, the victim struck his head on a table.
Police and investigators don’t believe Salone and nearly one year after the incident charged him with second-degree manslaughter.
No reason was stated on the record for the dismissal.
After court Rodeman declined to comment further on the matter.
MacBride did not return a phone call requesting comment.