ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities dismissed capital murder charges against an Alabama man awaiting trial for the slayings of two men found shot inside their home in 2007.

District Attorney Tom Anderson of Alabama's 12th Judicial Circuit told news outlets he agreed to drop charges against 41-year-old Bobby Hvarven because investigators have been unable to locate a material witness in the case who hasn't been seen for two years.

Anderson said investigators also want to interview again a man who was previously eliminated as a suspect a decade ago, the Dothan Eagle reported Monday.

Hvarven was arrested in 2018 on capital murder charges in the slayings of 30-year-old James Matthew Helms and 20-year-old Scott Allen Heib. The arrest came 11 years after the men were found fatally shot inside their home near Enterprise.

Court records showed Hvarven was charged after investigators learned he was obsessed with an extramarital affair involving one of the victims. Investigators said Hvarven had also asked a co-worker about getting rid of dead bodies.

Anderson said he moved to drop the charges after consulting with relatives of both victims. He said it's possible charges could be refiled later.

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