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Lack of indictment frees Holt


CANTON — A 19-year-old Rochester man who faces several charges in the alleged drug-related stabbing and robbing of an Ogdensburg man in April was released from jail Thursday.

Olajuwon J. Holt, also known as “Fraido,” had been incarcerated since April 16 on charges of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all class B felonies; fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor; and fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor.

He was released as a result of a 45-day motion, his attorney, Mary E. Rain, said.

The district attorney’s office has 45 days from the time of a felony arrest to bring an indictment.

Ms. Rain said that on Friday she made a motion to which the DA’s office did not respond. In St. Lawrence County Court on Thursday, Judge Jerome J. Richards released Mr. Holt.

Assistant District Attorney Joshua A. HaberkornHalm said his office was in the midst of pre-negotiations in Holt’s case and wanted to make sure he approached the grand jury for an indictment with all the proper evidence.

Ms. Rain “made the proper motion; I recognize that,” Mr. HaberkornHalm said. “Charges are still pending, and I still intend to move forward and prosecute. I’m not going to put a person under indictment without the proper evidence. I just want to make sure I have all my ducks in a row.”

Holt is accused of going to the home of Michael J. Wells, 1130 Ford St., on April 15 to buy marijuana, and while there, he grabbed the drugs and approximately $500, according to police. When confronted by Mr. Wells, Holt allegedly pulled out a large, fixed-blade knife and stabbed Mr. Wells in the chest and in his side, before fleeing on foot, according to police.

Mr. Wells was treated at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center for two stab wounds and released.

Police located Holt at 11 p.m. the same day in the upstairs bedroom of a Mill Street home. He was found in possession of several capsules of oxycodone and more than 25 grams of marijuana stored in four sandwich bags, according to police.

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