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Student Cleared of Murder Charges

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. - A criminal justice student who said he was defending himself when he stabbed two New York City subway riders to death has been cleared of all criminal charges. The Manhattan District Attorney's office said Friday that grand jurors dismissed murder and other charges against Brenddy Garcia in the March 28 violence on a subway train under Greenwich Village.

Prosecutors had said the 19-year-old Garcia lashed out with a knife after a group of passengers tossed or kicked a bag of empty beer bottles at him. Defense lawyer Lawrence Fredella says his client moved to protect himself after the others hit and cut him with bottles. Fredella says Garcia has been distraught over the charges. Darnell Morel and Ricardo Williams were killed. Both were 24.

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