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State drops charges against the girlfriend of a former FAMU cheerleader killed earlier this year

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The state attorney’s office is dropping charges against the girlfriend of a former Florida A&M University cheerleader who was killed in what prosecutors say was a drug purchase that became deadly. Precious Charlton is no longer facing a third-degree murder charge in the death of MaKayla Bryant, yet her felony drug charges, remain.

“The evidence indicates Charlton took the victim with her to sell drugs,” Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman told WCTV. “The law does not allow for charging the murder under these circumstances unless Charlton was acting in concert with the shooter.”

Charlton took Bryant with her to sell drugs. Khalil Ogilvie, 26, the purchaser, tried to rob the women and ended up shooting Bryant in the chest as she sat in the passenger seat of Charlton’s car. Charlton called 9-1-1 and drove Bryant to the hospital, where she later died.

Charlton was later arrested and initially charged with third-degree murder and possession of drugs with intent to sell.

Ogilvie was initially charged with second-degree murder. A grand jury in April upped those charges against him to first-degree murder, which carries a maximum penalty of death or life in prison.

“She was a beautiful grad student, and very senselessly dead," said North Florida state attorney Jack Campbell, who spoke to WFSU in April when the first-degree murder charge against Ogilive was announced.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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