Wednesday, August 31, 2016
A member of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood watchdog group, who claims he's innocent of the brutal beating that nearly left a gay, black fashion student dead, may be done in by his victim's footwear, prosecutors revealed in court Monday.
Assistant District Attorney Timothy Gough said that defendant Mayer Herskovic's DNA was found on Taj Patterson's sneaker — which was thrown from his body and landed on the roof of a nearby Williamsburg building during the Dec. 2013 attack.
At one point during the fatal ambush, Patterson, 23, was pinned up against a fence while he was punched and kicked brutally by 15 to 20 men, Gough told Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun, who is presiding over the bench trial.
Surveillance footage depicts the young man wriggling free and attempting to flee, trying to get help from passing drivers. He even banged on the window of one car, desperately screaming, "Please let me in, let me in!" Gough said in opening statements.
The driver, who didn't stop, called 911, telling the dispatcher, "It didn't seem safe to stop, too many of them were out there."
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