July 29, 2015
A judge dismissed a murder charge against a USC student whose newborn son was found dead in a trash bin.
Judge Kathleen Kennedy says what Holly Ashcraft did was "disturbing" and "disgusting" but there isn't enough evidence
to prove it was murder.
Thursday's ruling by Kennedy marks the fourth time a murder charge has been rejected in the case.
The 23-year-old Montana woman still faces counts of involuntary manslaughter and child abuse.
A homeless man found her baby dead in a trash bin behind a popular University of Southern California student hangout in 2005.
Prosecutors claim the baby was alive when she abandoned it.
Ashcraft's attorney says the child may have been stillborn.