Friday, May 21, 2010
Grand jury decides subway stabbings were self-defense
From Fox 5:
A Manhattan grand jury has decline to indict a criminal justice student who said he was defending himself when he stabbed two New York City subway riders to death, according to District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
The AP reported that Brenddy Garcia, 19, was set to be freed later Friday from behind bars. He has been held in jail since the March 28 incident in a subway, said his lawyer, Lawrence Fredella.
"Brenddy Garcia never wanted this to happen. He never intended to kill anyone," Fredella said. Garcia, he said, had been distraught over the incident and the charges and wanted to extend condolences to the slain men's families.
The district attorney's office initially said Garcia overreacted and lashed out with a knife after a group of passengers kicked a bag of beer bottles at him. Darnell Morel and Ricardo Williams, both 24, were killed.
But prosecutors said Friday that "significant evidence of self-defense" emerged after Garcia's arrest.
If there was significant evidence of self-defense, why didn't they just drop the charges?