3 indicted in New York City anti-gay attacks

AP News
Posted: Oct 27, 2010 11:28 PM
3 indicted in New York City anti-gay attacks

New York prosecutors have dropped charges against one suspect accused of taking part in anti-gay attacks in the Bronx, and a grand jury indicted three other men.

Bronx Assistant District Attorney Theresa Gottlieb asked Wednesday to have all charges against 17-year-old Dennis Piters dismissed for lack of evidence.

The three other men were indicted by a grand jury on charges including gang assault and aggravated sexual abuse.

Piters' lawyer told the New York Post that his client did not take part in the Oct. 3 attacks against two men and two teens. Attorney Fred Bittlingmaier said his client "happened to be buddies with a couple of guys."

Prosecutors say the victims were targeted by a gang.

Prosecutors also dismissed charges against three other suspects at a hearing Tuesday.