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Dallas DA Dismisses Capital Murder Charge

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Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins discusses the TV show "Dallas DNA" at the 2009 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Universal Hilton Hotel on January 9, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins discusses the TV show “Dallas DNA” at the 2009 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Universal Hilton Hotel on January 9, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas district attorney has dismissed the capital murder case against a man indicted last year in the 1983 slaying of a Farmers Branch police officer.

In a statement released Friday, the spokeswoman for DA Craig Watkins said dismissing the case against Gary Wayne Pettigrew was “the right thing to do in the interest of justice.” The statement referred to information leading to additional suspects, but gave no details. The case remains under investigation.

Last summer, Watkins announced that then-63-year-old Pettigrew faced a capital murder charge in the 1983 slaying of Farmers Branch Police Officer Lowell Tribble.

Police say Tribble was 37 and married with children when he was killed. He remains the only fallen officer in the history of Farmers Branch, a suburb immediately north of Dallas.

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