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Biker Clint Caldwell, accused in assault, tells his side

Friday, November 15, 2013

One of the bikers charged in the motorcycle road rage case is speaking out and giving his side of the story in the brutal beating of Alexian Lien.

Clint Caldwell gave a play by play of those now notorious video recordings.

"Did you ever hit Alexian Lien" Eyewitness News asked.

"At no point," said Clint Caldwell, an accused biker.

32-year-old Clint Caldwell has never denied this is him in the blue shirt seen approaching a black SUV just seconds before the September 29th assault of Alexian Lien.

"That's me, as they surround me and I feel their presence I walk away," Caldwell said.

Caldwell says he was on the Westside Highway when he saw Lien run over several bikers through his rear view mirror.

So he followed him to Washington Heights.

"It's terrible to even watch, sometimes I even cringe when I look at it. Because it's like, how did it get that far, you know," Caldwell said, "He should have never been assaulted like that. He never should have been drug out of his car, in front of his family and beaten like that. That, that's over the top."

The exclusive video obtained by Eyewitness News is among those presented to the grand jury as he walked Eyewitness News through it, the expectant father maintains he was only reaching for Lein's keys.

"I'm telling him, turn off the car, turn off the ignition, get out of the car, and it's just, as soon as that happens I see like other bikers surrounding me. When they surrounded me, I kind of panicked at the same time," Caldwell said.

Caldwell is the only one of the 11 bikers charged who plead their case to the grand jury, still he was indicted on felony gang assault, assault, coersion and riot charges. But he's staying optimisic as the case moves to a jury trial.

"He's been an upstanding citizen, he's never had a problem with the law, or even had any sort of interaction with police before this," said Raymond Colon, Caldwell's attorney.

"I still have faith in the justice system. I still believe that things are going to turn in my favor," Caldwell said.

Caldwell's first child is due in January. Because of the case, he has lost his job and is having trouble getting hired. So he says he's eager to clear his name.

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