ROCHESTER, NY – Charlie Tan, the Cornell student who faced a murder charge last year, will not be returning to the University, according to a report from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

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Tan, 20, was a sophmore at Cornell when he was charged second degree murder after his father Liang “Jim” Tan was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds in their family home in Pittsford.

After the first trial ended in a mistrial, Judge James Piampiano surprised many by dismissing the case. The judge ruled that Assistant District Attorney William Gargan did not prove a case against Tan.

According to the Democrat and Chronicle report, Tan had expected to return to Cornell after the case was dismissed but is no longer enrolled there.

He withdrew in advance of a disciplinary hearing at the school that would have examined if Tan had violated the university’s code of conduct, Tan’s lawyer Brian DeCarolis told the Democrat and Chronicle.

DeCarolis said that after taking some time to think it over, Tan decided that it might be best not to return to Cornell and get a fresh start somewhere else where people aren’t as familiar with the case.

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Michael Smith

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