Miami – Teen Accused In 2014 Murder Of Brooklyn Rabbi Pleads Not Guilty At Arraignment


    Miami-Dade, FLA – A 15 year-old high school student entered a not guilty plea on Monday at this arraignment on charges that he shot and killed a visiting rabbi from Brooklyn during a botched daylight robbery attempt in August of 2014. ( reports that Deandre Charles entered the plea in Miami-Dade Circuit Court less than a week after a grand jury handed down an indictment charging him with first-degree murder.

    Prosecutors contend that Charles shot and killed Rabbi Joseph Raskin—who was in town visiting family at the time—on August 9, 2014 as he was walking to Bais Menachem Chabad for Sabbath.

    Rabbi Raskin died from a single .40 caliber bullet to the chest.

    Raskin’s murder sent shockwaves through the predominantly Orthodox Jewish community, which quickly posted a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of his assailant.

    Charles, a Northland High School student with little prior record to speak of, remains in custody and will be held until trial.

    Miami-Dade prosecutors have yet to release full evidence against Charles, though at a press conference held last week it was revealed that DNA evidence and eyewitness testimony led to Charles’ arrest.

    Charles’ attorney, Adam Goodman, said, “Everyone wants to know some facts about this case. Mr. Charles does. I do. Right now, Mr. Charles is sitting in jail not knowing any of the evidence against him.”

    Rabbi Pinchas Weberman, a chaplain for the Miami-Dade police department, leads a prayer during a news conference at the State Attorneys Office where State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, center, announced the arrest of Deandre Charles in connection with the death of Rabbi Joseph Raksin, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Miami. Raksin was killed during an attempted robbery while visiting Miami from New York in August 2014. Second from right is Raksin's daughter Shuli Labkowski Raksin, and right, son-in-law Izzy Labkowski. (Lynne Sladky / AP)

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