COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WRIC)—All charges against a Colonial Heights woman accused of beating her estranged husband to death have been formally nolle prossed, meaning they have been dropped but could be brought back at a later date.
Ashley Mack is one of four people charged in the death of 21-year-old Rusty Mack, who passed away after being beaten outside his apartment in February. In November, Jonathan Guy was found not guilty in Mack's death, and charges were completely dropped against suspect Francis "Frankie" Blaha.
Mike Mack was emotional leaving the courthouse after he says justice was not served for his son Rusty Mack.
"When he was in the hospital they told us he wouldn't be the same, but damn I wish he was here now, because there's a void," he says. "This will be Mike Mack's first Christmas without his son."
Mack's attorney, Joe Morrissey, says the charges should have never made it this far in the first place.
"It's been a long ordeal for Ms. Mack," he says. "The only thing this young lady did was say 'boys stop fighting' and that's clear."
The nolle prosse decision leaves the door open for the charges to be brought back at a later date, something Rusty's father says he's happy about.
"I'm glad they didn't drop the charges, hopefully one day something else will come out for Rusty. He deserves someone to speak up for him."
Morrissey says is not likely.
"This is the end of the matter," he says. "The case will never be brought against Ms. Mack again and she can get on with her life."
A 17-year-old is also still facing charges in the case.
Margaret Blair Dacey will head to court in February. She was charged with the same five felonies, however thre of those charges have also been noelle prossed.
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