Jerome Allen. Photo provided by Windsor Police Service.

Murder charges dropped in Jerome Allen disappearance

Prosecutors have dropped murder charges against two men in the case of a Windsor man who disappeared last fall.

Police have been investigating the disappearance of 29-year-old Jerome Allen last October 20 when he was last seen on Windsor’s west-side.

Last month, 28-year-old Joshua Gillespie and 29-year-old Mohammad Al-Yousufi of Windsor were charged, while 27-year-old Rosalind Nussio was charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder.

A homicide investigation took police to a home on Cross Street where forensic investigators went through a house looking for evidence.

Al-Yousufi’s lawyer, Pat Ducharme, said the charges against his client and Gillespie were dropped last Friday.

“I was asking them for disclosure [the prosecution] because I was bringing an application into Superior Court to seek my client’s release on bail. They said if I could just wait a bit because they were working on it and they might have something to tell me that was important,” explained Ducharme. “I was suspecting that they were reviewing the evidence carefully to see whether or not they had sufficient [evidence] to proceed.”

Nussio still faces a charge, but Ducharme believes it too will be dropped soon.

“You can not be an accessory after the fact if there is no murder, so I expect it will be dropped,” he said. “Last Friday, that matter was not brought into court and was not withdrawn.”

Al-Yousufi is a criminology and philosophy student at the University of Windsor.

“He missed a couple of exams and therefore has to repeat a year, so it has not been without some adverse effects for him,” said Ducharme.

Meanwhile, the investigation into Allen’s disappearance and homicide continue.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Major Crimes Unit at 519-255-6700 ext. 4830, Crime Stoppers at 519-258-8477, or leave a tip online at www.catchcrooks.com.