Decapitated Members Plead Not Guilty to Rape and Kidnapping Charges
Published Oct 24, 2017All four members of Polish metal band Decapitated pleaded not guilty Tuesday (October 24) to charges of kidnapping and rape connected to an alleged incident onboard their tour bus following a performance in Spokane, WA, this past summer.
As the Canadian Press reports, each band member said little during their court appearance other than their pleas. Each member wore yellow jail jumpsuits and handcuffs as the band came and left the courtroom. A Polish interpreter also explained the court proceedings to them over a speakerphone.
All four are currently jailed on $100,000 USD bail each.
CP notes that Spokane County Superior Court Judge Annette Plese had set trial for December 18, though it's likely it will be pushed back into 2018.
In September, all four band members were accused of gang-raping a woman on board their tour bus following a performance in Spokane on August 31. The band released a statement soon after, denying the allegations and asking "everyone please reserve their judgement until a definitive outcome has been reached."
A second statement released October 13 reads that "the band firmly refutes the allegations and are confident that once the facts and evidence have been seen and heard, they will be released and able to return home," adding that "individuals who were present on the night in question with information about the case are asked to reach out to the defense lawyer, Steve Graham of Spokane, Washington."
The band's lawyers have said they have witnesses to dispute the women's accounts.