ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–The case against seven juveniles accused of a bloody knockout game attack whose victim was found in the gutter by Mayor Slay is dismissed, as a key witness fails to show up in court.
The defendants were reportedly jubilant in the courthouse hallway, cheering and giving each other high fives, after the witness, a 13-year old girl, did not appear to testify.
“I feel for the young witness, the young girl who was planning to testify against these thugs,” Slay said, “My strong guess is that she was intimidated, threatened, not to testify, which is why she did not show up.”
The St. Louis Juvenile Court told KMOX that it was not clear why the witness failed to show up, but did indicate that she is still alive.
The seven were charged with second-degree assault in the October 21st attack that left Matt Quain, 52, with a broken jaw, black eye and several stitches on his face.
Mayor Slay had been riding home with his driver from an event that night, when he spotted the man in the gutter near Grand and McKean.
Slay noted shortly afterwards that the group of teens was slowly walking away and they didn’t seem to care about the man in the gutter.
Quain told police he had been walking home from a Schuncks store on South Grand with a neighbor, when a group of teens started punching him for no apparent reason. There was no attempt to rob him and he had no known connection to any of his attackers.
Slay had initially called on the courts to charge the persons who threw the punches as adults, even suggesting they should be charged with “attempted murder.”
The mayor says the police know who these teens are, where they live and where they go to school and he says police plan to keep an eye on them.
In April of last year, a 72-year old Vietnamese immigrant was killed during a knockout game attack in south St. Louis. The Circuit Attorney charged 18-year old Elex Levell Murphy with first-degree murder, assault and two counts of armed criminal action.