More progress has been reported in the appeal process in the case against Brady Distefano.
Yesterday, the state superior court reported that Distefano’s legal team had withdrawn a motion that they had made earlier in the process. That motion was for delaying the start of oral arguments on August 22nd. The motion to delay came on July 24th.
The Johnstown man was charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault connected with the death of his fraternity brother Caleb Zweig of Rockville, Maryland back in February of 2017. The two got into an argument in the 800 block of Wayne Avenue that turned into a fight. A witness pulled Distefano off of Zweig after the two went to the ground and he allegedly started to choke him. Zweig would die the next morning at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
When the case came to court in November, Indiana County President Judge William Martin dismissed the charges, saying there was insufficient evidence to justify continuing the case. Indiana County District Attorney Pat Dougherty appealed the decision to the state superior court.
Assistant DA Gina Ryen Force is representing the District Attorney’s Office as the case has slowly made its way through the appeal process.