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Charges dismissed against Canyon Country woman in attempted murder

Posted: June 25, 2014 6:41 p.m.
Updated: June 25, 2014 6:41 p.m.

The lone charge against a Canyon Country woman for the attempted murder of a Newhall man was dismissed this week, a District Attorney’s Office spokesman said Wednesday.

Sara Lynn McConahay, 27, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Tuesday and was released from custody following the dismissal of the charge against her for a September stabbing, spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.

McConahay had been behind bars at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood since her arrest Sept. 30. Bail was set at $1.04 million.

She has made regular monthly appearances in court since then.

She and 20-year-old Daniel Constantino were jointly charged with attacking a 25-year-old Canyon Country man in Newhall Sept. 15 by ramming his car with theirs, then stabbing him repeatedly.

The victim spent more than two weeks at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in critical condition after undergoing emergency surgery.

Deputy District Attorney Guy Shirley said Wednesday he decided to halt his prosecution of McConahay because of insufficient evidence against her.

“Ultimately the decision to dismiss rests with the judge, but it was by the request made by us not to proceed,” Shirley said, referring to the District Attorney’s Office.

“It was based on insufficient evidence against McConahay only.”

Constantino remains charged with attempted murder and is scheduled to appear back in court July 14.

Members of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station COBRA team arrested Constantino on suspicion of attempted murder Sept. 23. A week later, they arrested McConahay.

In January, the pair was ordered to appear at a preliminary and in March they entered not guilty pleas to the felony charge of attempted murder.

Constantino remains in custody at the North County Correctional Facility at Pitchess Detention Center with bail set at $1.09 million.
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