Judge Duane Martin dropped an attempted murder case against brothers Aaron Michael Mangskau and Nicholas Norman Mangskau at a morning hearing Wednesday because prosecutors didn't file any information.
The two Tracy brothers were suspected of a shooting on the night of Aug. 28 on the 500 block of Clarence Bromell Street. Tracy police arrested them shortly after a landlord-tenant dispute escalated into gunfire.
Harrington questioned the credibility of witnesses' testimonies from a Dec. 17 hearing. An East Bay woman told the judge she shielded her three sons from gunfire as three men shot at her van and her husband backed into another car and sped away.
Defense attorneys John Casenave and Mary Ann Bird questioned whether the woman really got a good look at the assailants and if she was certain that Nicholas Mangskau was one of them.
"It didn’t surprise me the case was dropped," Casenave said Wednesday. "The evidence was weak at best."
The two Mangskau brothers were released on own recognizance after their last hearing