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No indictment for Cyrus 'stalker'

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is best known for starring in Hannah Montana

A US grand jury has refused to indict a man accused of stalking teenage pop star Miley Cyrus because of insufficient evidence.

Mark McLeod, 53, has been in jail since August on stalking charges after he repeatedly tried to contact Ms Cyrus, 16, as she filmed a movie in Georgia.

The Chatham County jury said Mr McLeod should not be charged in Superior Court, which hears felony cases.

Mr McLeod still faces two misdemeanour charges in a lower court.

A spokeswoman for district attorney Larry Chisolm said he still planned to prosecute Mr McLeod for attempted stalking and disorderly conduct.

Mr McLeod was arrested twice over the summer on Tybee Island, where Ms Cyrus was filming the movie The Last Song.

Police say Mr McLeod told them he was engaged to the singer.

Mr McLeod's lawyer James Byrne said his client had never posed a threat to the Hannah Montana star.

"The grand jury showed some common sense, which no-one else in this case seems to have, which is there's nothing to these charges," he said.

"He didn't stalk anyone, he didn't threaten anyone. He acted strangely, and that's why he's in jail."

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