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Former UAlbany Students Plead Not Guilty In CDTA Bus Attack

Three former University at Albany students accused of lying about a racially-charged brawl on a CDTA bus were back on court on Wednesday.

Asha Burwell, Ariel Agudio, and Alexis Briggs appeared in Albany County Court before Judge Stephen Herrick on an indictment accusing them of assault and other charges including falsely claiming they were victims of a racial attack, stemming from a fight on board a CDTA bus in January.

The 20-year olds were indicted on Monday by a county grand jury after turning down an offer to publicly apologize for the incident, which has rippled across the UAlbany campus.
All pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning. Attorneys Frederick Brewington and Mark Mishler spoke afterward.   "We're not gonna discuss specific strategies at this time."

The lawyers are due back in court May 26th and a trial is expected to be held in late summer or early fall. Albany County District Attorney David Soares issued a release indicating A tentative trial date has been scheduled for September 26, 2016.   The full release follows:

Summation of original arraignment.
Albany County DA

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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