Charge against Boogaard's brother dropped

The most serious charge facing Aaron Boogaard following Derek Boogaard's (right) death has been...

The most serious charge facing Aaron Boogaard following Derek Boogaard's (right) death has been dropped by a Minnesote court. (QMI Agency/Veronica Henri)

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, Last Updated: 3:36 PM ET

A judge threw out the most serious charge against Aaron Boogaard Thursday in Minnesota.

Hennepin County judge William Howard dismissed the felony charge of sale of a controlled substance Boogard was facing in relation to the death of his brother, New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard. He is still facing a misdemeanor charge of interfering with a death scene.

John Lundquist, Aaron Boogaard's lawyer, said his client was relieved that the most serious charge has been thrown out but added he wasn't sure if a different charge would be filed.

"We obviously hope they leave well enough alone," Lundquist told the Star Tribune newspaper.

Aaron Boogaard was charged in July after his brother died from mixing alcohol and prescription painkillers May 13 in his Minneapolis apartment. Prosecutors alleged that Aaron Boogaard supplied the drugs that killed Derek and flushed what was left over down the toilet before police arrived.


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