SUNBURY — All charges against a 20-year-old Pottsville man accused of shooting a Kulpmont resident in the legs Thanksgiving Day have been dismissed by a county judge after the alleged victim refused to testify and cooperate with authorities.
Northumberland County Judge Paige Rosini issued an order Friday dismissing charges of aggravated assault, possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon, simple assault (two counts), terroristic threats, endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person filed by Kulpmont Patrolman Nathan Foust against Dashawn Andrew Coward.
Rosini’s order came after a motion made earlier in the day by Coward’s attorney, Jacob Gurwitz, of Reading, to dismiss the charges.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Seward said the shooting victim, 36-year-old Archie Moore, refused to testify against Coward. A key witness in the case, Brieze Bess McCabe, 17, of Kulpmont, who was Coward’s girlfriend and Moore’s stepdaughter, passed away June 11, further impacting prosecution of the case.
Coward was scheduled to go to trial on the charges today.
At about 1:45 p.m. Nov. 23, police said Coward, a passenger in a car, shot Moore multiple times in the legs at the intersection of Walnut and Eighth streets in Kulpmont. Moore was approaching the car after his stepdaughter, McCabe, the mother of Coward’s children, got in the vehicle. The vehicle fled on Eighth Street after the shooting, police said.
Moore, who was found by police lying in the street, was transported to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, for medical treatment. He was not seriously injured.
Police impounded a black 2011 Toyota SUV registered to Coward that was believed to be used during the shooting. Not long after the shooting, Pottsville police stopped the vehicle with an adult, two juveniles and a baby inside. Coward was not among the occupants, but was later dropped off at the police station, where he turned himself in.
Coward was free on $15,000 modified bail since May.