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Defendant in Great Western murder trial has charges reduced

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New developments in the case involving a couple charged with killing a Flint woman, then hiding her body in a Mount Morris Township motel. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. - New developments in the case involving a couple charged with killing a Flint woman, then hiding her body in a Mount Morris Township motel.

One of the suspects is getting out of jail.

The judge dismissed the unlawful imprisonment charge against Jennifer Harrington in court Monday, then amended her charge of homicide to accessory after the fact.

But Aaron Thornton, will stand trial on charges of homicide, and unlawful imprisonment.

Thornton and Harrington, were arrested back in June, and charged with killing 28-year-old Jessica Flood.

Genesee County District Judge Mark Latchana explained why he reduced Harrington's charges.

"Certainly, I believe from the testimony that she was present and that she was there when Mr. Thornton murdered miss flood, but I don't believe there has been any indication that she actively participated in the homicide," said the judge.

As part of her release, Harrington is not allowed to have drugs or alcohol, contact with Thornton, the victim's family or anyone affiliated with them, and is required to wear a tether at all times.