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S.F. New Year's
Eve bashing case moves forward

S.F. New Year's
Eve bashing case moves forward

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Police issued arrest warrants Monday for two men accused of attacking members of an all-male singing group from Yale University. Richard Aicardi and Brian Dwyer were charged with assaulting two members of the 16-member Baker's Dozen a cappella group outside a New Year's Eve party in San Francisco.

Police issued arrest warrants Monday for two men accused of attacking members of an all-male singing group from Yale University.

Richard Aicardi and Brian Dwyer were charged with assaulting two members of the 16-member Baker's Dozen a cappella group outside a New Year's Eve party in San Francisco. Witnesses at the time said the trouble started after the vocalists sang ''The Star-Spangled Banner.'' The victims said the attackers hurled antigay epithets before the first punch was thrown.

Evan Gogel, one of the two most seriously injured chorus members, suffered a concussion when Aicardi, Dwyer, and others repeatedly kicked him while he was on the ground, police said. Aicardi also was charged with punching another singer, William Bailey, as he tried to get away.

''This was a cowardly attack on defenseless victims,'' prosecutor Kamala Harris said in a statement. ''We are going to hold accountable those who have been identified as responsible.''

Lawyers for Aicardi and Dwyer did not return calls seeking comment Monday night by the Associated Press.

Aicardi was charged with two counts of felony assault by means of force and one count of battery, charges that carry a maximum penalty of eight years in prison. Dwyer, who was charged with one count of assault and one count of battery, would face a maximum prison sentence of seven years if convicted, according to Harris.

They were not in custody Thursday evening, authorities said.

Harris said Monday that although police identified five suspects in the case, she did not have enough evidence to bring other charges. (The Advocate)

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