CROWN POINT — Prosecutors dropped an attempted murder case against a Gary man this week after the alleged victim failed to appear for several pretrial meetings.

Aaron W. Scott, 30, was charged in June 2015 on allegations he and another defendant robbed a man June 18, 2015, in the 1900 block of Roosevelt Place in Gary and Scott shot at the man.

A bullet grazed the back of the man's neck as he tried to leave the area in a car, according to court records.

Scott was charged with attempted murder and attempted battery by means of a deadly weapon, robbery resulting in bodily injury, armed robbery, battery resulting in serious bodily injury and battery with moderate bodily injury.

The alleged victim failed to show up for two depositions last fall, and defense attorney Lakeisha Murdaugh filed a motion for a protective order barring the man's testimony at trial.

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Lake Criminal Court Judge Clarence Murray granted Scott's motion in January.

In a motion to dismiss the case filed Monday, Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Grindlay noted the order and said the state was unable to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Murray dismissed the case Monday. Charges against Scott's co-defendant were dismissed in 2017.

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