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Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 05/02/2012

Judge won’t drop charges in Baltimore beating case

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore judge has denied a motion to drop charges against two brothers accused of beating a black teenager while patrolling for a Jewish neighborhood watch.

The request came after the state rested its case Tuesday in the bench trial for Eliyahu and Avi Werdesheim, who are charged in the 2010 beating of a 15-year-old boy in Baltimore.

Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Wiggins told the judge one brother grabbed the teen and the other hit him on the head with a radio.

Shomrim of Baltimore President Daniel Harris testified Tuesday that he spoke to Eliyahu Werdesheim and believes he acted in self-defense.

Judge Pamela White noted “contradictions and inconsistencies” in testimony, but said she wouldn’t review witnesses’ credibility at this point.

The defense will begin presenting its case Wednesday.

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By the Associated Press  |  08:04 AM ET, 05/02/2012

 
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