Merced DA's son cleared of murder charge

Nov 16, 2014 12:41 PM by News Staff

MERCED, Calif. (AP) - A California judge has dismissed a murder charge brought against the teenage son of Merced County's district attorney in the shooting death of another teen at an Easter party.

The Merced Sun-Star reports that Judge Ronald Hansen ruled Friday that prosecutors from the attorney general's office failed to prove that Ethan Morse was driving the car from which a co-defendant fired the shots that killed 18-year-old Bernabed Hernandez-Canela.

Morse is the son of Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II, who issued a statement saying he always knew his son was innocent and the truth would come out.

The Sun-Star says the judge rejected the evidence used to support the murder charge against the alleged shooter, Jacob Tellez, and concluded Tellez did not fire from Morse's vehicle.

The attorney general's office declined to comment.

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