Jonathan Glover of The Spokesman-Review just reported that all rape and kidnapping charges against all four members of Decapitated have been dropped, citing the well-being of the alleged victim. See his tweet below:
BREAKING: Spokane County prosecutors have dropped all rape and kidnapping charges against the four members of the Polish death metal band Decapitated, citing the well-being of the alleged victim. Story soon.
— Jonathan Glover (@glovetrain) January 5, 2018
Jonathan has been covering the case since its beginning, and backs up his tweet in his latest article, where he writes, “Prosecutors have elected to drop rape and kidnapping charges against all four members of the Polish death metal band Decapitated, ensuring their eventual return to their home country of Poland after months of detainment in the United States. Spokane County prosecutor Kelly Fitzgerald filed a motion dismissing all rape and kidnapping charges. However, the motion cites “the well being of the victim” as a reason for dropping the charges without prejudice, meaning the four men could be prosecuted in the future.”
The band has released this statement, “All charges against Decapitated have formally been dropped. Arrested September 8 in Santa Ana whilst on tour, the members of the band were jailed until December where they were released on their own recognizance. New evidence arose that helped show that the band was innocent. While a trial would have given the band the opportunity to have all this evidence heard, the band welcome the decision and are excited to return back to their homes in Poland. The members of Decapitated – Wacław, Rafal, Michał and Hubert – send a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who supported them during this difficult time, including fans, friends, and family.”