Charges against Quinn Smith, the suspect charged in the February 5, 2016 murder of Kor Yang, have been dismissed without prejudice with leave to reissue. What this means is that even though charges have been dismissed at this time they can be reissued at a later date. This decision was made after lengthy discussions between the Manitowoc County District Attorney’s Office, the Manitowoc Police Department and a spokesperson for the Yang family.
With the defense’s request for a “speedy trial” everyone felt it would be in the best interest of justice to dismiss the charges at this time rather than hastily go forward with the case. As most people are aware the prosecution gets only once chance to conduct a trial as “double jeopardy” does not allow a second chance. In addition, there is no statute of limitations on a homicide charge which is different from most other charges. We want the public to know that the investigation of this case is still on-going at this time. Manitowoc Police Detectives are continuing to follow up on all leads. In addition the United States Marshal Service continues their nationwide manhunt for the second suspect in this case, Joe Vang.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (920)683-4466 or Manitowoc Police Department at (920)686-6551. Callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.