One murder charge and multiple kidnapping charges against a woman who allegedly participated in the brutal beating of two boys in the Word of Life Church sanctuary have been dismissed.
Sarah Ferguson still faces an additional murder charge for her alleged role in the death of her brother, Lucas Leonard, and the hospitalization of another brother, Christopher Leonard.
One murder charge and five kidnapping charges have been dismissed.
David Morey also appeared in court on Tuesday for motions.
The Oneida County District Attorney’s office says that prosecutors had requested that the charges against Ferguson be dropped.
DA Scott McNamara said he cannot discuss why the charges against Ferguson were dismissed.
A gag order has been issued in connection with the case.
The church members face an array of charges ranging from murder to assault to kidnapping.