Charges dropped against man accused of beating homeless man to death at intermodal center

<p><p>Prosecutors dropped the murder charge against the man accused earlier this year of beating a homeless person to death in downtown Spokane after they couldn’t locate a key witness. </p></p><p><p>Justin Combs, 34, was found bloodied in front of the Intermodal Center in June. He later died from his injuries.</p></p><p><p>In July, <a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/jul/23/man-accused-of-beating” target=”_blank”>police arrested Samual Tesch-Villa</a>, 19, on suspicion of the homicide. He was charged with first-degree murder not long after.</p></p><p><p>The attack was <a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/jul/23/man-accused-of-beating” target=”_blank”>caught on surveillance video</a>, according to court documents.</p></p><p><p>Earlier this month, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Fitzgerald asked that the charge be dismissed because the state was unable to locate an essential witness.</p></p><p><p>Fitzgerald said her office plans to continue trying to locate the witness but couldn’t hold Tesch-Villa in good faith.</p></p><p><p>Fitzgerald did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.</p></p>