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October 30, 2012
DALLAS -- Charges have been dismissed against one of the two Dallas men arrested on arson and burglary charges in connection with an Oct. 13 fire that destroyed two vacant warehouses.
And the other suspect arrested after the incident is no longer facing arson charges.
Dallas Hudnall, 20, was released from the Polk County Jail Oct. 24, one day before he was scheduled to appear in Polk County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing.
Court documents say the Polk County District Attorney's Office requested the charges against Hudnall be dismissed without prejudice on Oct. 24.
District Attorney Stan Butterfield said there may be a further investigation that could lead to new charges against Hudnall at a later date.
Hudnall had been facing seven charges, five of them felonies, including arson and burglary.
Benjamin Reed, 18, the other man arrested in the case, was facing the same charges. He remained in jail as of Tuesday morning, but he's no longer accused of arson as of Tuesday.
A Polk County grand jury indicted him Oct. 24 on new charges. He was arraigned Thursday on three counts of second-degree burglary, three counts of reckless burning and one count of unlawful manufacture of a destructive device.
According to court documents, the incidents he was charged with occurred on Sept. 13, Sept. 25 and Oct. 10, none of which correspond with the date the warehouses caught on fire.
Butterfield said the DA's office decided to pursue the lesser charges based on current evidence, but a continuing investigation may produce additional charges.