A Superior Court judge has dropped charges against a McDuffie County teen accused of conspiring to kill a Greenbrier High School classmate last year.
Christian Reed Adams Annis, 18, was indicted in February for conspiracy to commit murder, according to the indictment.
Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet agreed Sept. 10 to quash the indictment. The order was filed Sept. 12 in Columbia County Superior Court.
His attorney, Travis Saul, filed a motion to quash the indictment in April. The conspiracy charge requires that Annis “discussed a future criminal act” with another and committed “an overt act to effect the object of the conspiracy.”
When he was arrested on Oct. 28, 2011, Annis told deputies that his 15-year-old girlfriend asked him to help kill another student. He told the girl on Oct. 21 that he’d provide the vehicle and the guns to complete the murder, according to the indictment. Another Greenbrier student enlisted to help in the plot informed school officials, who called police.
The Evans 15-year-old was charged as a juvenile with criminal solicitation for planning and enlisting help with the plot.
Saul alleged in the brief that the prosecution deemed the first conversation as the “discussion” and the second conversation as the “overt act.”
That logic was “completely arbitrary and vague and fails to provide proper notice of what conduct is prohibited,” according to the brief.