Brooklyn, NY - Prosecutors Say DNA Evidence Proves Defendant Participated In Williamsburg Beating
Brooklyn, NY - The first and only trial in the 2013 beating of a black man in Williamsburg opened today with a bang, as prosecutors announced that they have DNA evidence that establishes a clear link between the defendant and the plaintiff.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://goo.gl/ET9ySw), 24 year old Mayer Herskovic is the only one of five men arrested in the attack to stand trial. All charges were previously dropped against two men, while two others accepted a plea deal that left them with three years parole, paying restitution and performing 150 hours of community service.
Herskovic refused the plea deal, electing instead to take his chances in a non-jury trial for gang assault.
Assistant District Attorney Timothy Gough delivered opening statements today in Brooklyn Supreme Court, announcing that Herskovic’s DNA had been identified on Patterson’s sneakers.
Gough showed video surveillance footage taken from three Flushing Avenue residences showing several men chasing someone down the street in the darkness and said that once the men caught up with Patterson, Herskovic removed Patterson’s Nike sneakers and threw them on the roof of 475 Flushing Avenue, a one story brick building. Gough said that the prosecution would prove that Herskovic’s DNA was on Patterson’s sneaker.
The prosecution said that it also intends to call two witnesses.
“You’ll hear from Jose Guzman who saw a group of individuals, it was the Hanukah season, thought they were celebrating, jumping up and down,” said Gough. “When he got closer, he saw they were stomping on a person.”
The second prosecution witness will be an MTA bus driver who stopped and took photos of the scene, prompting those involved to leave the scene. Despite undergoing multiple surgeries, Patterson, an aspiring fashion designer, was left virtually blind in one eye.
Herskovic’s attorney, Israel Fried, did not present opening arguments in the trial which continues tomorrow.
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