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Aug 27, 2013 9:09 PM by Lupita Murillo

Murder charges dropped, victim's family outraged

TUCSON - Murder charges are dropped against 21-year-old Zechary Mazitis. He was arrested two weeks ago for the shooting death of Andrew Liska last November. The Liska family is outraged.
Even though the charges were dropped, Mazitis remains in the Pima County Jail on a probation violation involving another homicide with similar circumstances.

"Its very devastating to realize someone could get away with murder twice," says Crystal Wainwright . She's the victim's sister.

On July 9, 2011, Tucson police found the body of Rodrigo Gonzales dumped in the middle of the road near Ft. Lowell and Campbell. Investigators say it was a drug deal gone bad and Mazitis acted in self defense when he shot and killed Rodriguez. He pleaded guilty to abandoning a dead body and was given three years probation.

Fast forward to November 2012 and Andrew Liska. His sister Crystal Wainwright tells News 4, "It was a drug deal gone bad. But my brother didn't deserve to die over it. He used excessive force, it was overkill he shot six times he pulled my brother out and left him in the middle road to die."

The County Attorney's office says, they dismissed the charges without prejudice which means they can be refiled at a later date. Wainwright says, "So there is hope, it's still very scary to know that this case may be closed forever and that Mazitas is allowed to go out there and do whatever while my brother is in the ground."

Andrew Liska's family says they can't imagine how Zechary Mazitis can look at himself in the mirror. "Knowing that he's done that to people and families , that he's destroyed lives. It's just heartbreaking, to know that the police and the laws we have here in Arizona are not able to put him away for anything. "

News 4 Tucson requested an interview with Mazitis. He told the corrections officer he needed to clear it with his attorney first. No one has called back.

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