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Charges dropped against man accused of wanting to kill for motorcycle

ST. PETERSBURG — Prosecutors have decided not to file charges against a man accused of asking his roommate to kill a neighbor he believed damaged his motorcycle.

Robert Michael Morgan, 68, was released from jail Thursday, six days after a Florida Highway Patrol investigator arrested him on a charge of solicitation of murder.

The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office said circumstances surrounding the case make successful prosecution unlikely.

They also said the man Morgan is accused of wanting dead — neighbor Michael Vallee — never showed up for an appointment with investigators.

Vallee and a man named Jacob Sommerkamp took Morgan's motorcycle on a joyride July 12 and crashed. Sommerkamp was killed.

Officials said Morgan, upset about his bike being damaged in the accident, asked his roommate to kill Vallee, as a form of payment.

But those discussions never got far, prosecutors said.

Morgan, who is retired and had no previous criminal record, never exchanged money or property for the supposed hit, officials said.

Morgan could not be reached for comment Monday.

Charges dropped against man accused of wanting to kill for motorcycle 08/05/13 [Last modified: Monday, August 5, 2013 5:08pm]
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