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Trial of Jewish brothers accused in teen’s assault delayed again

The trial of two brothers accused of assaulting a black teen while they were working for a Jewish neighborhood patrol group has been postponed for the fifth time.

Avi Werdesheim, 21, and Eliyahu Werdesheim, 24, were scheduled to stand trial Monday in Baltimore City Circuit Court for beating a 15-year-old high school student a year ago while patrolling Northwest Baltimore as members of Shomrim.

The brothers have pleaded not guilty. Their trial is now set for Feb. 1.

Mark Cheshire, spokesman for Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein, said all the postponements have come at the request of the defense.

Eliyahu Werdesheim’s attorney, Andrew I. Alperstein, said the latest postponement came because Avi Werdesheim’s attorney, Susan R. Green, was not available for trial.

“My client joined his brother’s request for postponement so that his brother and his lawyer could be there and be part of the process,” Alperstein said.

Alperstein said it was the second time the trial had been delayed due to Green’s availability. Green did not return a phone message by close of business Monday.