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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
A judge has dismissed a murder case against a man accused of killing an off-duty Birmingham officer in 2002.
Adam M. Bradford, 32, was arrested in July 2012 and charged with capital murder for allegedly shooting and killing Joseph Daniels Nov. 18, 2002. Investigators say Daniels interrupted a robbery at a fast food restaurant called Reno's, exchanged gunfire with a suspect and was killed.
Bradford was scheduled for a court hearing this past Monday but prosecutors filed a motion to dismiss the case due to lack of evidence. A judge granted that motion.
Bradford was also charged with attempted murder for wounding a bystander.
Alaric May, who represents Bradford, says that his client is innocent and has been vindicated by this week's events.
May says there was no eye witness that identified Bradford as the robbery suspect and says the weapon used in the shooting was never recovered. He says he feels the real killer is still at large.
After Bradford's arrest, May's office spent hundreds of hours investigating the case and he says and has turned that evidence
FOX6 News also spoke with Phillip Russell, a former Birmingham detective who worked the case. He says this week's dismissal is unfortunate and disappointing. He says investigators had witnesses to support their case but they wouldn't cooperate.
Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams says the department will continue to investigate Daniels' murder.