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Opening statements made in case against five teens accused of assaulting man in 2012.

Top Row (L-R): Matthew Diperna, William Moore, Kevin Coyle; Bottom Row (L-R): Nolan Kelly and William Nelson. (Credit: NCPD)
Top Row (L-R): Matthew Diperna, William Moore, Kevin Coyle; Bottom Row (L-R): Nolan Kelly and William Nelson. (Credit: NCPD)

Opening statements began Tuesday in an assault case against five Rockville Centre teens accused of attacking a man who was defending his wife.

Matthew Diperna, William Moore, Kevin Coyle, Nolan Kelly, and William Nelson appeared in court Tuesday as prosecutors and defense attorneys began the trial over an incident that continues to shake Rockville Centre over a year later.

Police said in June 2012, the five teens made sexually suggestive comments to a 44-year-old woman walking her dog on Roxen Road. She reported the incident to her husband, John Woythaler, who drove back to find the teens and make them apologize. The five are accused of brutally attacking Woythaler, who was rushed by Rockville Centre Police to Mercy Medical Center for broken ribs, multiple contusions and injuries to the face and jaw, and a concussion, officials said.

Prosecutors "said the teens acted in unison and later boasted about the attack on Facebook," writing, "We jumped an old man… We had to beat him. He kept getting back up," reported CBS.

Meanwhile, defense attorneys claimed the teens were defending themselves against Woythaler.

You have a bunch of teenaged boys who are chased down by a grown man, and regardless of what the DA says that man got out of a car and grabbed an 18-year-old boy,” defense attorney John Lewis told CBS.

While gang assault charges were dropped, all five defendants still face second- and third-degree attempted assault charges, according to the DA's office.

The trial will continue Wednesday, said the DA's office. Judge Christopher Quinn is presiding over the case.

Previous stories on the Roxen Road assault:

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Letsgetreal January 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM
I think it's almost safe to assume that you are simply following what you've heard through the rumor mill. Obviously adults will be inclined to listen and believe what they hear from other adults however I implore you to do some research for yourself and you'll be shocked by what you learn. You can start by calling the rockville centre police station, they have tons of facts on the matter. Not rumors.
joe thrapp January 25, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Willie, acid is very bad and I'm a bit surprised you think I partake of such a dangerous behavior. Mr, Sepe did refer to some residence as "people who forgot to take their meds"not you Willie
FedUpRealist January 27, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Letsgetlying....Sorry but you are a LIAR aligned with the perps...Anyone can spout their 'facts' here...You got yours and I got mine...Enjoy your white trash drinkin buddies!!!
Letsgetreal January 27, 2014 at 06:11 PM
Again your bigotry consumes you. Anyone that has anything to say that you don't agree with is a white trash asshole correct? You are exactly whats wrong with this town. Not the one group of kids who acted out of control and got punished. Its you. The pompous overly arrogant one's that believe anything they say is law or might as well should be. Thats why this town has the reputation it does. -if you would like to confirm any of my prior statements, call (516) 766-1500. Rvc police station. They are pretty willing to share information about the case so if your done being so arrogant with your own opinion shoot em a call.
Tiredofgossips January 31, 2014 at 06:28 PM
Letsgetreal those are the wisest words i have heard on this page. Its nice to hear some intelligence for once


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