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Charges Dropped Against Former Prosecutor

McDonough County courthouse
McDonough County Courthouse

The charges have been dropped against former McDonough County Assistant States Attorney Charles Munson.

Munson, 39, of Macomb was fired by State's Attorney James Hoyle after being accused of injuring his girlfriend's hand during an argument. Hoyle said he “terminated” Munson after reviewing reports on the case.

According to court documents, the victim, Tamara Runyon, asked that the charges be dismissed.

Special Prosecutor Charles Zalar said he dismissed the case because his “independent review of the evidence causes me to believe that the injury cause to the complainant's hand was not intentionally inflicted.” He said the evidence was insufficient to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  

Macomb police said Munson and Runyon got into an argument. Their accounts differ as to what happened but she ended up going to McDonough District Hospital to seek treatment for the injury. Police were called and they subsequently arrested Munson.

Munson was originally charged with domestic battery, battery, and disorderly conduct.

Hoyle was not available for comment.

Emily Boyer is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.