A murder charge against a leading loyalist has been dropped.
The case was heard at Belfast Magistrate's Court
Ihab Shoukri, 30, from Alliance Road, Belfast, was accused of murdering a man at the height of a feud within rival factions of the Ulster Defence Association last year.
Alan McCullough's body was found in a shallow grave in Mallusk in June, 2003.
The 21-year-old was a former member of the UDA.
Belfast Magistrate's Court heard on Thursday that scientific tests on fibres, fingerprints and DNA samples had proved negative.
Mr Shoukri still faces a charge of membership of the Ulster Freedom Fighters.