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Witness: Eli Werdesheim acted in self-defense

The president of a neighborhood watch group says he believes one of two brothers charged with assaulting a teen acted in self-defense.

Daniel Harris, president of Shomrim of Baltimore, testified Tuesday in the trial of two brothers charged with beating a black teen while patrolling for the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood watch group.

Harris says 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.

The brothers have claimed self-defense.