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Prosecutor drops charges in Blackstone double homicide case for now

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The suspect accused of murdering a man and his pregnant girlfriend in the quiet town of Blackstone last summer is no longer facing charges for those crimes. NBC12 has learned prosecutors have decided not to move forward with the charges - at least for now.

This case has been going on for more than 16 months. It's been continued multiple times... so much so, the defense objected. Now, Clyde Armstrong is no longer facing charges in Nottoway, but the commonwealth's attorney says the case is still under investigation.

Clyde Armstrong was charged with almost a dozen counts relating to what's described as the horrific scene police found inside a Blackstone home last July. A pregnant Jasmine Morrison and her boyfriend Brian Jones were both gunned down. Now, about 16 months later prosecutors told Jones' family the charges were "nolle prosequi" or dropped, but with the possibility of bringing them back.

"Oh, I just felt so tore apart," Jones' mother Andrea Fowlkes reacted. "I was like 'oh no!' It's been pretty tough. We've just been trying to take it day-by-day. We've just been trying to find some answers."

The new commonwealth's attorney for Nottoway explained her decision to us, noting Armstrong is currently serving time in Henrico. Theresa Royall said, "Therefore, I am not worried about his whereabouts or the safety of the community at large.  When this case does go to trial, I want to be sure that we have the strongest case possible."

Fowlkes shares that concern.

"I'm just worried about is there anybody out there that knows anything about it," she said.

Court documents detail a possible drug deal between Jones and Clyde Armstrong. According to search warrants, authorities found marijuana near the bodies in the house on Pickett Court.

While that and other evidence was taken from the Blackstone home and a house in Henrico, prosecutors told the family they need more.

"It's just he said she said out here that's all I know," Jones' brother Brandy said.

Armstrong is not scheduled to be released on the Henrico drug charges until late next year.

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