A former University of Central Missouri student from Saudi Arabia who was accused of paying his roommate to kill a Warrensburg bar owner has left the country nearly three weeks after charges were dismissed.
Ziyad Abid was held without bond for 11 months in connection with the Sept. 1 slaying of Blaine Whitworth. Johnson County prosecutor Lynn Stoppy dropped the charges August 2nd, saying there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute him.
A Missouri grand jury has handed down a new indictment charging a former University of Central Missouri student from Saudi Arabia in the death of a Warrensburg bar owner.
The indictment filed Friday in Johnson County charges 24-year-old Ziyad Abid with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He was arrested in September after his roommate, Reginald Singletary Jr., told investigators Abid had paid him to kill bar owner Blaine Whitworth.
A Missouri appeals court has rejected a motion seeking the release of a Saudi national being held without bond on a first-degree murder charge.
One day after Circuit Court Judge Michael Wagner issued an order denying bond for 24-year-old Ziyad Abid, the Missouri Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed a defense motion seeking Abid's release. Abid is accused of paying his roommate to kill Warrensburg bar owner Blaine Whitworth on September 1st.