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Charges dropped in murder-for-hire case

ST. CHARLES  – Charges were dropped Wednesday against a jail inmate, accused in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme against a Sheriff's deputy.

Dijon R. Grissette was charged last December with one count each of solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire.

Those charges were dropped Wednesday.

Prosecutors originally claimed Grissette, while in jail for a 2007 drug arrest, offered $3,000 to another inmate to kill a Sheriff's deputy.

Grissette, 35, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Assistant State's Attorney Nemura Pencyla said Wednesday that after a review of the case, prosecutors decided to dismiss the charges.

"Over the course of the investigation … we found other evidence we were not told originally when [Grissette] was first charged," he said. "Because of that review process and the constant analysis of the evidence … we made a determination that we will not proceed at this time."

But, Pencyla added, the case is back in an investigative stage.

"The legal proceedings are over, but we're still looking [at the case]," he said.

Pencyla said he could not elaborate on the new evidence that led to the dismissal of the charges.

He also said that prosecutors were held to a legal time line in the case – set by law – and that dropping the charges gives them more time to "take a step back" to examine the case.

"This allows us to continue this investigation to determine what, if any, additional charges should be brought against anyone involved," he said.

Drug charges against Grissette also were dropped, Pencyla said.

However, Grissette remains in jail, charged with aggravated battery to a corrections officer – that offense stems from an incident in the jail earlier this year.

Sheriff's Lt. Pat Gengler said Wednesday that he could not comment on the dismissal of charges, but he said a veteran corrections officer placed on leave in connection with the case was never disciplined.

Doug Postlewaite, a 21 1/2 year veteran corrections officer, was placed on paid leave last December, relating to an internal investigation. Grissette is his half brother.

Postlewaite has since retired, Gengler said. He was never arrested, charged or disciplined, he added.

Prosecutors said earlier this year that Grissette wanted Postlewaite to provide him with contact information for the Sheriff's deputy.

Grissette returns to court on the battery charge Sept. 16.

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