Avi Werdesheim, a medical student on trial for assault in Baltimore City, assisted a woman who had fainted in the courtroom on Tuesday, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun.
Werdesheim, a medical student at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, checked Sun reporter Tricia Bishop's vital signs before she was transported to a local hospital, the report states.
Bishop was treated and released.
Werdesheim and his brother, Eli, residents of Cheswolde, are on trial for a Nov. 19, 2010 incident, in which the brothers allegedly followed and beat Corey Ausby, then 15, in Upper Park Heights.
Ausby suffered injuries, including to his head, when Avi allegedly struck him with a two-way radio, according to court documents.
The Werdesheim brothers face charges of false imprisonment, second-degree assault and carrying a deadly weapon, the two-way radio, with intent to injure, according to reports.
The brothers say they acted in self-defense. The Werdesheims' attorneys contends that Eli Werdesheim, who was then a member of the Shomrim of Baltimore neighborhood watch group in Northwest Baltimore, was patrolling the neighborhood for Shomrim. The defense also argues that Ausby ripped a piece of wood from a nearby lawn pallet, and wielded it with nails still protruding from it.
Introduced as evidence is a Baltimore City Police photograph of the wood stick, with police tape surrounding it. That stick itself was not collected, William Sloan, a crime lab technician from the Baltimore City Police Department said last week.
The prosecution rested its case case Tuesday, and witnesses for the defense were scheduled to testify Wednesday.