Case dismissed for man accused of stabbing at Syracuse YMCA
Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:15:18 GMT —
The indictment against a 50-year-old man accused of nearly killing a fellow resident at central New York YMCA has been dismissed because he didn't get a chance to testify before a grand jury.
The Syracuse Post-Standard reports a judge made the decision Monday in the case of English Rogers.
He'd been indicted on charges of first- and second-degree assault and weapon possession for the stabbing of 41-year-old Matthew Jefski at the Syracuse YMCA in October.
Prior to the attack, Rogers had been living at the YMCA. Police believe that he entered Jefski's room at the YMCA and cut his throat. Although they did not know for sure, police think that robbery might have been the motivation for the attack.
Rogers' lawyer argued that his client wanted to testify at the grand jury, while prosecutors said they didn't learn of that until it was too late.
A new grand jury is expected to hear the case. Rogers remains in jail on $500,000 bail.