Grand jury hearing evidence in subway chokehold death case against Daniel Penny

It is not yet clear whether or not Penny will testify in front of the grand jury

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Friday, June 2, 2023
Grand jury hearing evidence in case against Daniel Penny
A Manhattan grand jury is hearing evidence against Daniel Penny after he was charged with manslaughter in the subway chokehold death of Jordan Neely.

MANHATTAN, New York (WABC) -- One month after Jordan Neely was killed on a subway train, Daniel Penny's case is now before a grand jury, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

Penny, 24, has already been charged with manslaughter in the death of Neely, 30. Prosecutors are now trying to secure an indictment.

Penny, a Marine veteran, was filmed holding Neely in a chokehold on an F train.

Daniel Penny appeared briefly Friday in Manhattan criminal court on a second degree manslaughter charge. David Novarro reports.

Witnesses said Neely had been threatening riders before Penny attempted to subdue him.

A medical examiner ruled Neely's death a homicide.

Penny's lawyers have said that he is prepared to testify before the grand jury, but no decision has been made. It is unusual for criminal defendants to testify to a grand jury, but his lawyers are considering whether Penny explaining his actions would avoid an indictment.

A grand jury will have to consider whether Neely posed a threat to the safety of other passengers and if Penny used excessive force.

Friends and family of Neely said he needed psychiatric help.

The death of Jordan Neely - for a second time - is being discussed in a previously scheduled council committee meeting. Darla Miles has the story.

Neely was homeless and well known to MTA workers and police. He was arrested more than 40 times for assault, attempted child abduction and indecent exposure.

He was also a street performer and known to local straphangers as a Michael Jackson impersonation.

Protests erupted after Neely's death.

He was laid to rest on May 19. Revered Al Sharpton delivered his eulogy, in which he included remarks condemning vigilantism.

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