According to The Spokesman-Review, Spokane County prosecutors have dropped all rape and kidnapping charges against the four members of the Polish death metal band Decapitated, citing the well-being of the alleged victim.
Less than two weeks before the musicians were scheduled to go on trial for allegedly kidnapping and raping a woman on their tour bus four months ago, Spokane County prosecutor Kelly Fitzgerald filed a motion dismissing all rape and kidnapping charges. The motion cites “the well being of the victim” as a reason for dropping the charges without prejudice, meaning the four members of Decapitated could be prosecuted in the future.
“We feel it was the result of everyone taking a second look at this matter in light of new evidence,” said Steve Graham, attorney for guitarist Waclaw Kieltyka, 35.
“They are headed back home this week,” Graham said of the musicians.
The other three bandmembers are 27-year-old drummer Michal Lysejko, 31-year-old singer Rafal Piotrowski and 30-year-old bassist Hubert Wiecek.
Their trial was scheduled to begin on January 16.