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Charges dropped against man accused of beating wife’s would-be rapist to death

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BRONX, N.Y. –  A controversial case against a man who said he was trying to protect his wife has come to an end.

In May, authorities arrested 61-year-old Mamadou Diallo after he killed Earl Nash with a tire iron.

Investigators soon learned that Diallo’s wife was inside her apartment when Nash forced his way inside and attempted to rape her.

Police say Nash allegedly hit the woman in the face and ripped her clothing off.

During the attack, she was able to call her husband, who was just outside of the apartment at the time.

Authorities say Diallo rushed into the apartment building and hit Nash several times with a tire iron. Nash was pronounced dead at an area hospital and Diallo was arrested on a manslaughter charge.

Prosecutors argued that Diallo’s wife was no longer in danger because Nash was in the hallway and was leaving the apartment building.

However, charges against Diallo were dropped after Nash’s family urged prosecutors to dismiss the case.

According to NBC New York, Nash’s family asked that the manslaughter charge be dropped during a court appearance on Wednesday.

This report is from May 31, 2016.