Update 2:21 p.m. - Ali to be released
Howard County prosecutors announced Monday that charges have been dropped against Wael Ali, who was accused of killing his twin brother in Columbia, and he will be freed from custody.
Ali is set to be released from the Howard County detention center.
Ali's trial ended in a mistrial on March 29 after 20 hours of jury deliberations and nine days of testimony.
"This is the happiest day of my life," said Ali's father, Mr. Ali, who declined to give his first name.
Ali was charged in 2011 with killing his twin brother, Wasel, in August of 2007 after a cold case investigation concluded he was the primary suspect.
The announcement came during a status conference Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Howard County Circuit Court.
There are no plans to pursue additional charges, prosecutors said.
To find out more about the case, take a look at Patch's previous coverage: