Prosecutors Drop Charges on CR Man

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Prosecutors have dropped charges against a man they had accused of shooting another man outside a Cedar Rapids bar earlier this year.

Michael Hodges, Jr. had faced charges of attempted murder, willful injury, and intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

Police said Hodges exchanged gunfire with Zevon Johnson early in the morning of January 28 outside Pub 217 on 3rd Street NE. Johnson was hurt, but Hodges was not.

Court documents show the Linn County Attorney's Office dropped the charges against Hodges Wednesday, but the filing didn't say why.

A judge had previously denied Hodges' attempt to use Iowa's "stand your ground" law as his defense.

Earlier this month, Johnson took a plea deal for carrying weapons. He admitted to carrying a firearm that day within the city limits without a permit. He faces up to two years in jail.