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No charges filed in Genna Ayup case
Victim's mother reacts to the news in interview with 9OYS
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Formal charges will not be filed against Ronald James Corbin Jr. in the investigation of Genna Ayup's death, according to Kellie Johnson with the Pima County Attorney's Office. It's frustrating news for Ayup's mother, Toni Solheid.
"Never in my dreams did I ever think there'd be no charge," said Solheid.
Solheid spoke exclusively to 9OYS's Marcelino Benito on Wednesday night. Benito asked her how these mid-week developments affected her. "I was shocked," she replied. "I couldn't believe it."
Tucson Police responded to the 8500 block of East 18th Street on June 26 after reports of gun shots. They arrived and found 27-year-old Genna Ayup suffering from obvious signs of trauma. Court records show Corbin admits to drinking 3 to 4 23-ounce beers in the hours before he shot Ayup. When he returned home to clean his gun, he says it accidentally went off.
Corbin was arrested July 12 in the investigation, on one count of manslaughter.
"The police walked in, thought this was an accident, and walked out," said Solheid. "They didn't treat it as a crime scene because they weren't looking at it as a crime. Right away, you lose a lot of evidence."
Johnson tells KGUN9 the evidence at this time does not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that her death was anything other than an accidental shooting. So unless further evidence surfaces, Corbin will walk free. Solheid tells 9OYS a detective involved i the case never bought Corbin's explanation either.
"He did not and does not think this was an accident," Solheid said. Benito asked, "the detective told you this?" She replied, "Yes, I'm not going to say his name, but he absolutely told me this was murder."
The problem is prosecutors aren't convinced they can prove that to a jury without a reasonable doubt, but Solheid says she won't stop seeking answers until they can. She says Genna deserves justice.
"I don't understand, I don't know that I ever will, but I'm not finished, " said Solheid. "I don't care if it's 6 days, 6 months or 6 years. We will continue to fight until we get justice."