The Brooklyn gang rape case in the borough’s Brownsville section continues to confound as new developments in the matter become public. The latest is that the suspects connected to the alleged assault have all been freed without bail as the NYPD launches a deeper investigation.
The New York Daily News reports:
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on Thursday consented to the release of the five teenage defendants in the rape of a girl at a playground as the investigation continues.
The five defendants in the case – Travis Beckford, 17; Onandi Brown, 17; Ethan Phillip, 15; Shaquelle Cooper, 15; and Denzel Murray, 14 – will be released today if they have not already made bail. Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Matthew Sciarrino ordered the release.
“Because we are determined to get to the truth about what happened in that park, we need more time to investigate this complex case and gather more evidence,” Thompson said. “Therefore, we have consented to the defendants’ release.”
Spencer Leeds, the lawyer for Brown, who was ordered held on $25,000 bond, applauded the move.
“Mr. Thompson did a very decent thing by calling and agreeing to have him cut from prison before the family put a bail package together,” Leeds said.
Even NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has trouble pulling together all the details to make sense of this explosive case.
“The first story is never the last story,” said Bratton earlier today. “I think in this case that’s certainly the case or will prove to be the case.”
Investigators have in their possession a nine to 11-second clip of a cell phone video that relatives of one of the suspects says clears them of any wrongdoing. The father, who was reported to have been caught engaging in sex with his 18-year-old daughter, has blasted those accounts.
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