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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