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Cops free man implicated in purse-snatch killing of Seattle mom

Arshawn Ezekiel Mason (Seattle police photo)

SEATTLE - Arshawn Mason, who turned himself in Monday after being accused in connection with a notorious 2016 South Seattle slaying, was released from jail Thursday evening.

My-Linh Nguyen, 45, was killed Dec. 15, 2016, in front of her son and while her sister was on the phone outside her house near the Othello light rail station.

Her 15-year-old son told police a man was robbing her of her purse, but she refused to give it up and he dragged her along the sidewalk. The robber ultimately shot Nguyen several times and made off with her purse, leaving her for dead.

Prosecutors say they are continuing to investigate the Nguyen's death. Whether Mason remains a suspect in the killing was not clear.

Police publicly identified 20-year-old Arshawn Mason earlier this month as a person they were looking for in the case. Mason surrendered to Seattle police on Monday with an attorney.

But authorities can only hold an arrested person for three business days before either filing charges or releasing the suspect. The King County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday -- the day of the charging deadline -- that there was more investigation to do.

Jail records indicate Mason was released from jail about 6 p.m. Thursday.

Someone had given Mason's name to detectives in August after the case had gone cold. The 15-year-old son reportedly identified Mason as the shooter in a photo montage assembled by police, according to the Seattle Police Department.

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