Man arrested in death of Indy 500 fan released

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 28, 2014 at 3:25 pm •  Published: May 28, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say they released a man accused in a deadly shooting near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the eve of the Indy 500 because the police line-up was tainted.

Speedway Police Department Lt. Trent Theobald said Wednesday that witnesses who were supposed to be kept separate before the line-up that included 19-year-old Avory Johnson were mistakenly allowed to mix.

Authorities dropped a preliminary murder charge against Johnson in Saturday's slaying of 25-year-old Max Levine of Kokomo in a parking lot across the street from the track. Johnson was released from jail Wednesday.

Theobald says police still consider Johnson a suspect. No phone number for Johnson was listed in the Indianapolis area and The Associated Press could not reach him for comment.