UPDATE: Weapons charges against Paul Bernardo dropped

Notorious killer and serial rapist Paul Bernardo will not face trial on one count of weapons possession after the Crown withdrew the charge this morning.

Authorities accused the maximum-security inmate of possessing a ``shank'', consisting of a screw with a pen as a handle, in prison in February.

The Crown says the charge was withdrawn because there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.

The 54-year-old Bernardo had said he wanted to get the trial done before a parole hearing scheduled for later this month.

Also known as the ``Scarborough rapist,'' Bernardo was convicted in 1995 of the first-degree murders of two teen girls and numerous sexual assaults.

He was labelled a dangerous offender and was not to be eligible for parole until he had served 25 years since his arrest in southern Ontario in early 1993.