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Murder Charge Against AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Has Been Dropped

The musician is no longer accused of attempting to hire a hit man, but still faces other counts

New Zealand police have dropped the charge of “attempting to hire a hit man” they leveled against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd earlier this week. The musician was accused of trying to hire somebody to murder two people for him, though authorities have not released the names of anybody involved in the alleged plot. The New Zealand Herald reports that police reviewed the evidence less than a day after Rudd was arrested following a raid at his home in Tauranga, New Zealand, but they “formed the view that there was insufficient evidence to justify the charge.”

Rudd’s not completely off the hook: He still faces charges of possessing of methamphetamine and cannabis, and for allegedly making death threats against yet another man. The latter charge could land him in jail for up to seven years if he’s convicted.

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