Charges in truck rape case against 2 teens to be dropped

September 30, 1993|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

First-degree rape charges against two Shady Side teen-age partygoers accused of attacking a young woman in a pickup truck were to be dropped today due to insufficient evidence, their attorney said yesterday.

Philip Nicalos Brown, 16, and his brother, Daniel Randolph Brown, Jr., 17, were charged as adults with first-degree rape and faced the possibility of life imprisonment. The young woman had been attending a party with them in the 5000 block of Muddy Creek Road in April. The charges will be formally dropped in a hearing in Circuit Court today.

"My clients have not committed a crime," said the teen-agers' attorney, Evelyn Darden. She said both she and prosecutor Kathleen Rogers had done an "extensive" investigation, including interviews with several witnesses, and could not find enough evidence to bring the case to trial.

State's Attorney Frank Weathersbee agreed that there was not enough evidence in the case.

"We have talked to the police officer, and we have talked to the victim, and they understand our position," he said.

Both young men live with their parents in the 5200 block of Nick Road, and at the time time of the attack held after-school jobs. Philip Brown attended classes at Southern High School and his brother took night courses at South River High School in Edgewater. Both teen-agers were suspended from classes after the incident, Ms. Darden said.

"The Anne Arundel County school system treated them as convicted felons," she said. Both boys had virtually clean juvenile records.

According to the charging documents, witnesses told police they either heard sounds coming from inside the truck or saw the truck move while one of the suspects and the victim were inside.

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