Orman’s trial was scheduled to start last Monday but was deferred due to legal argument. However, Senior Crown Prosecutor Michele Williams informed the Victorian Supreme Court on Thursday that the charge is to be dropped.
“[Director John Champion had] reviewed the evidence as it stood after pre-trial proceedings and determined that there was now no reasonable prospect of conviction,” said a spokesperson for the Office of Public Prosecutions.
Orman is also a known associate of Mick Gatto, who shot dead Veniamin in 2004. Gatto was acquitted of any charges on the grounds the shooting was in self defense. Gatto was due to give evidence in the trial, which has now been aborted.