TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Prosecutors have dropped charges against a woman accused of damaging a Satanic holiday display at the Florida Capitol.
The State Attorney's Office filed court papers Friday to dismiss a criminal-mischief charge against 55-year-old Susan Hemeryck. Trial had been scheduled to begin Monday.
A display showing an angel falling into a pit of fire — along with the words, "Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple" — went up Dec. 22. Surveillance video shows Hemeryck grabbing it and walking away with it the next day, but prosecutors said there was no evidence of damage.
The Department of Management Services rejected the Satanic Temple's display in 2013, saying it was "grossly offensive."
The state allowed it last year, following threats of legal action from the Americans United for Separation of Church and State.