ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The three UAlbany girls who were part of the CDTA bus attack will be arraigned in court at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning. That is where they will be formally charged. Ahead of that, News10ABC talked to an attorney who said the arraignment is a formality, a first step in the legal process because of all of this. He also said they’ll all likely enter ‘not guilty’ pleas.
“As we’ve seen already, it carries a lot of scrutiny both locally and nationally”., said Attorney Lee Kindlon.
Kindlon is talking about the assault that happened on a CDTA bus between UAlbany students almost a month ago.
Now, 20-year-olds Ariel Aguido, Alexis Briggs, and Asha Burwell, who all initially claimed they were victims of a racially fueled attack, are now facing charges.
Aguido and Burwell have also been charged with Falsely Reporting of an Incident and all three charged with assault.
“Even though it’s just a misdemeanor, it carries up to a year in jail for any of the defendants. I actually just ran into one of the defense attorneys involved in this case and he told me, they’re going to give a full-throated and vehement defense of their clients”. ,said Kindlon.
Attorney Lee Kindlon said there are a couple of things to pay attention to at Monday morning’s criminal arraignment.
“One when the charges are filed, you’re going to see at the bottom of the charge, it’s called the “to wit” portion. That is the factual potion of the allegations made by the complaining witness or the victim. But also, you should pay attention to the actors involved.” ,said Kindlon.
Meaning who the District Attorney’s Office has prosecuting the case and who the attorneys are representing the girls. Kindlon said there is another thing to be on the lookout for.
“Normally in cases where an assault is alleged, there is an order of protection issued by the court, to the defendant.” ,said Kindlon.
News10ABC tried reaching out to one of the defendants Asha Burwell and she declined to comment. News10ABC also tried contacting a student who was on the bus that night to see if he wanted to share his story and he declined to have an interview.
News10 is dedicated to staying on top of this story and bring you the latest from the arraignment on Monday morning.