According to the reports in the US media, Penny’s lawyers argued that the evidence presented for the grand jury was too weak and stated that they were confident that the trial jury would find Penny right during the trial.
Neely’s family attorney also found the grand jury’s accusation correct, saying, “Daniel Penny had no right to be judge, jury or executioner at the time of the incident.” shared his statement.
What exactly Penny has been charged with will be read to her when she appears in court.
Penny was released on bail in court on May 12, on charges of second-degree murder.
Jordan Neely, a 30-year-old homeless man with mental health problems, exhibited aggressive actions towards passengers in a subway station on May 1, and died while trying to control him by strangling him by former American marine Daniel Penny.
The 24-year-old Penny, who was first detained, was later released. His lawyer, Thomas Kenniff, argued that Penny was trying to protect herself and the other passengers at the time of the incident.
Eyewitnesses stated that Neely shouted at the passengers but did not attack.
The death of the homeless man caused reactions and protests for days.
Military records show that Penny, who caused the death of the black Neely, served four years in the US Navy and was discharged with the rank of sergeant in June 2021.