Saudi student cleared of charges he hired US hit man

The 24-year-old’s college roommate claimed he was hired to murder a bar owner
Saudi student cleared of charges he hired US hit man
By Shane McGinley
Thu 22 Aug 2013 03:17 PM

A Saudi student has returned home to the kingdom after charges he paid a hit man to kill a 27-year-old bar owner were dropped due to lack of evidence.

Ziyad Abid, a 24-year-old former University of Central Missouri aviation student, was accused of hiring his roommate Reginald Singletary to kill bar owner Blaine Whitworth in September, 2012.

Singletary told police he committed the murder because Abid paid him, according to American media reports on the court case.

The Saudi government reportedly paid Abid’s $2m bond last month. However, he was again refused bail by a judge last month.

Singletary’s statement was the only evidence linking Abid to the murder and rumours of his involvement were widespread on the Facebook social network site.

“It is what we call our first Facebook case, where comments people would make took on evidentiary value,” Abid’s defense attorney Pat Peters was quoted as saying by the Associated Press newswire. “When they were checked out, they just didn’t add up.”

Abid flew back to Saudi Arabia this week.

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