TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The woman accused of damaging a Satanic holiday display at the Florida Capitol has had her charges dropped.READ MORE: Sunshine Saturday, Heating Up Before The Cold Front
The State Attorney’s Office filed court papers Friday to dismiss a criminal-mischief charge against 55-year-old Susan Hemeryck. Trial had been scheduled to begin Monday.
A display showing an angel falling into a pit of fire — along with the words, “Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple” — went up Dec. 22. Surveillance video shows Hemeryck grabbing it and walking away with it the next day, but prosecutors said there was no evidence of damage.READ MORE: Attorney: School Gunman Nikolas Cruz To Plead Guilty To Massacre; Parkland Families React
The Department of Management Services rejected the Satanic Temple’s display in 2013, saying it was “grossly offensive.”
The state allowed it last year, following threats of legal action from the Americans United for Separation of Church and State.MORE NEWS: Nikolas Cruz Pleads Guilty In BSO Jail Guard Attack
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