BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – A woman arrested in the shooting death of actor Mark Ruffalo's younger brother has been cleared, her attorney said Wednesday, and jail records showed that she was released from jail.
Shaha Mishaal Adham, 26, was released late Tuesday night, according to Beverly Hills jail records. She had turned herself in on an attempted murder arrest warrant Monday afternoon and was held without bail.
Attorney Ronald Richards said he presented evidence to detectives during a five-hour meeting Tuesday night that proved Adham did not shoot Scott Ruffalo early Dec. 1. He credited police with being "more than impartial with the facts."
Richards said Adham was a friend of Scott Ruffalo who had gone to the hairdresser's condo to retrieve keys to her sport utility vehicle. She fled the scene and was the subject of a search by police, who wanted to question her about her involvement.
"A series of wrong decisions starting with her not staying at the scene of the shooting caused an incredible chain reaction of stupidity and bad luck," Richards said. He said she received poor legal advice from other attorneys before her surrender.
Richards said no charges would be pursued against Adham. A police sergeant said more information would be released Wednesday.
"This was an accidental shooting by someone that plays with guns," Richards said.
Another man wanted for questioning, Brian B. Scofield, was released after turning himself in for questioning Monday.
Scott Ruffalo died late Monday after being removed from life support at a Los Angeles hospital, police said in a statement released Tuesday.
His family thanked supporters and announced the creation of a fund in his honor in a Tuesday evening statement.
"Mark Ruffalo and his family deeply appreciate the outpouring of prayers and support during this most difficult time of the passing of Scott Ruffalo, beloved son, brother and husband," the statement read.
The family said the funeral service would be private.
Mark Ruffalo, 41, has appeared in films such as "Zodiac," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," and this year's "Blindness."