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UPDATE: Werdesheim Brother Takes the Stand

The defense has begun its case in Baltimore City Circuit Court regarding the Nov. 19, 2010 incident in Upper Park Heights in which the Werdesheim brothers are accused of injuring a teenager.

 

UPDATE (5:20 p.m.)—Eliyahu Werdesheim took the stand Wednesday, describing his confrontation with a 15-year-old teen in Upper Park Heights on Nov. 19, 2010.

Werdesheim said "he acted in self-defense when the teen attacked him with a board," according to a FOX45 News report. "He testified that he believed his skills in negotiation and de-escalation from his time in the Israeli military would help him defuse the situation."

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Werdesheim and his brother, Avi, residents of Cheswolde, face charges of false imprisonment, second-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure in connection with the incident, court documents state.

Eli Werdesheim was patrolling the neighborhood as a member of the watch group Shomrim of Baltimore when the confrontation occurred.

According to a report in the Baltimore Sun, Eli Werdesheim spoke in court for about 30 minutes, detailing what he saw, how he encountered 15-year-old Corey Ausby, and that he regrets getting out of his car.

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Avi Werdesheim helped a woman who fainted in court Tuesday.

William Metzner, Sr. May 02, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Not guilty & not guilty.
Jackie May 03, 2012 at 12:40 PM
So he admits that he got out of the car. He confronted the youth. The youth did not approach the car, right? Guilty and guilty.
Janet Metzner May 03, 2012 at 12:43 PM
During the trial, Shomrim members who were witnesses for the state said a representative from Baltimore City Police had previously advised them to make their presence known, to let a suspicious person know they were being watched. I'm just adding this to aid this conversation.
Ryan Fuller May 03, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Janet, They were told time and time again: stay in your cars, don't interact.
William Metzner, Sr. May 03, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Jackie & Ryan: Getting out of a car and confronting someone are not crimes. Disobeying an organization's protocol to stay in one's car and not to interact are not crimes. Assault and kidnapping are the crimes with which the brothers are charged and for which they are on trial--and these charges, not disobedience, must be proved beyond a reasnable doubt before there can be findings of guilt! (P.S. I now see that the judge, acting as a jury by consent of the parties, has found one of the brothers guilty of two offenses. On appeal, his rulings, in my view, should be overturned.)

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