Emotions were running high inside a Detroit courtroom after a judge dismissed the murder case against a man accused of killing a mother in front of her children.
Willie Wilborn was charged with first degree murder for the death of his girlfriend LaDiamond Meyers.
"He killed my niece. He killed her your honor!" shouted a family member of the victim as she was escorted from the courtroom.
Police say Meyers was found dead on June 18th inside an abandoned home on Braille St. on Detroit's west side.
Neighbors say the couple was squatting inside the house with her four children, ages 1, 3, 4 and 5.
Wilborn is the father of the youngest two.
Police say Meyers was found beaten and stabbed, laying naked on a mattress.
The three youngest children were found by a neighbor alone in a room next door.
"They were shut up in the room with the door shut,” said Willie Mae Jackson.
The victim's mother also took the stand, saying Wilborn spoke of suicide in the days before her daughter's death.
"He said he was going to commit suicide and I could have my family back,” said Leticia Meyers.
Prosecutors argued the mother was found brutally murdered with new and old injuries, and that Wilborn left his children alone while going to an acquiantance's home late that night to shower, then dumping her social security card in the garbage can.
Defense argued there was no blood ever found on his clothing.
Ultimately the judge said there wasn't enough evidence to move forward.
The charge of first degree murder against Wilborn was dropped and he will be released from jail.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office says they will review the case and do plan to either appeal the dismissal or re-file the charges against Wilborn.
They tell us they plan to add more evidence to this case.