Jonathan Eugene Rowe leaves provincial court in St. John’s, being escorted by a sheriff's officer, this afternoon after being charged with accessory to murder. — Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram
Days after he was arrested and jailed, charges involving a theft at a grocery store have been dropped against Jonathan Eugene Rowe.
When Rowe returned to provincial court this morning, prosecutor Kathleen O'Reilly told Judge Greg Brown that, because there was an unlikelihood of conviction, the Crown will not be pursuing the case.
Brown agreed to dismiss the charges.
Rowe was arrested Friday in connection with a case in which items were stolen from P.J.'s Groceteria in Torbay last summer.
Rowe is also facing charges in connection with the murder of a St. John's man, Nick Winsor, who was killed at a house on Portugal Cove Road in the capital city on July 9, 2011.
Philip Pynn and Lyndon Malcolm Butler are charged with murder and attempted murder in that case. Rowe is believed to have been an accomplice of Pynn, according to police.
Rowe is due back in Newfoundland Supreme Court on that case May 1.