After nearly two months in police custody facing second-degree murder charges, Dustan Joseph Preeper left the Truro provincial courthouse on Thursday a free man.

Preeper, a 22-year-old from Noel, Hants Co., was released without conditions following a brief court appearance, during which Crown attorney Alison Brown requested charges previously laid on July 9 to be withdrawn relating to the death of 26-year-old Benjamin Denim Hare of Truro.

Hare died following a fight at a multiple-unit apartment building at 67 Lyman St. in the early morning hours of July 8.

She said at this point in time there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the case.

“It was apparent that further investigation would be required with respect to this matter,” Brown said outside the courtroom.

Preeper sat silently in the courtroom, unshaven, wearing a long sleeved blue shirt and baggy grey jogging pants, flanked on each side by two deputy sheriffs.

A small group of about eight family members and friends of the victim sat silently as the judge agreed to withdraw charges.

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