NEW YORK — A lawyer for a man charged with fatally stabbing two New York City subway riders says he was defending himself after a group of passengers broke a bottle over his head and grabbed him in a headlock.
Prosecutors charged Brenddy Garcia with second-degree murder Friday. They did not press charges against two other men whom police had arrested earlier on murder charges.
The 19-year-old Garcia didn't enter a plea at his arraignment in a Manhattan court. He is being held without bail.
Prosecutors say he overreacted and lashed out after other passengers tossed or kicked a bag of trash at him on a subway train early Sunday.
But defense lawyer Pamela Roth says any actions Garcia took were in self-defense.
Darnell Morel and Ricardo Williams, both 24, were killed in the fight. A third man was wounded.