(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)
There are new developments in a story we have been monitoring here at Riff Relevant, one concerning the Polish extreme metal band Decapitated. After months of jailed detainment here in the United States, the band has now been released after all charges against them were dropped.
Waclaw Kieltyka, 35, Michal Lysejko, 27, Rafal Piotrowski, 31, and Hubert Wiecek, 30, were scheduled to begin trial later this month in Spokane, Washington’s Spokane County Superior Court for the alleged gang rape of a local woman after their show in downtown Spokane on Aug. 31.
On Friday (today) – 11 days before the Jan. 16 trial date – Spokane County prosecutor Kelly Fitzgerald filed a motion dropping all rape and kidnapping charges without prejudice. This means the four men could be prosecuted in the future. The motion cites “the well being of the victim” and “in the interest of justice” as a reason for dismissal.
It appears that after ongoing investigations, speaking to concertgoers and other possible factors involved, the case against the band members was losing ground for any potential conviction.
Find out further details and a chronology of recent events here courtesy of The Spokesman-Review.