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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — The case against two Misawa airmen detained for almost two weeks on suspicion of attempted murder was dropped Wednesday, as prosecutors from Morioka city decided not to press charges, according to a spokesman from the Morioka District Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Darius Antione Carlton and Michael Alan Maldonado — both 20 and airmen first class assigned to Misawa Air Base — were released from jail Wednesday in Morioka, a city about 70 miles south of Misawa.

Prosecutors considered the case to be assault and not attempted murder — as recommended by Morioka police. Taking other factors into account, prosecutors decided to waive the indictment, the spokesman said, declining to elaborate.

The airmen were arrested June 26, accused of beating two Japanese men who intervened in a fight between the servicemembers and other Japanese people in a Morioka city parking lot. Morioka police jailed the two airmen and recommended attempted-murder charges because the airmen used brass knuckles to attack the Japanese men, who did not sustain life-threatening injuries and refused to be hospitalized.


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