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.
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.
Earlier Tuesday, the president of a neighborhood watch group said he believes one of the two brothers acted in self-defense.
Daniel Harris, president of Shomrim of Baltimore, testified that he met with Eliyahu Werdesheim the day after the incident.
He says he believes Werdesheim acted in self-defense based on what he heard on the group’s radio transmissions and his conversations with Werdesheim and other members of the group.
Harris says Werdesheim told him he thought he hit the teen in the head while trying to take a board away from him.
Both brothers have claimed they acted in self-defense.