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Avi and Eliyahu Werdesheim  were accused of assaulting a Black teen in an orthodox Jewish neighborhood in the Park Heights area of  Baltimore MD while on Neighborhood Watch.

Instead of facing a jury in the 2010 beating of the then-15-year-old boy, the attorneys for the Werdesheim brothers were granted a bench trial on Tuesday.

The brothers withdrew their request to move the trial because comparisons to the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida would make it hard to find an impartial jury and waived their right to a jury trial. 

The Werdesheims are accused in the 2010 beating of a 15-year-old boy in Baltimore. According to charging documents, one threw the teen to the ground and the other hit him in the head with a radio. The brothers have claimed self-defense, saying the teen was holding a nail-studded board. 

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