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Pace students arrested in shooting chaos face judge

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Four Pace University football players who were arrested after their teammate was killed by police returned Thursday to the place where he was shot, silently paying their respects at a makeshift memorial.

Daniel Parker of Lauderhill, Fla.; Joseph Garcia of Floral Park, N.Y.; Yves Delpeche of Brooklyn; and Joseph Romanick of Slidell, La., made the 2½-mile drive to the suburban shopping center after pleading not guilty at their arraignment at Mount Pleasant Town Court in Valhalla.

Parker, Garcia and Delpeche are charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction; Romanick is charged with criminal mischief.

They were arrested Oct. 17 in the chaotic aftermath of the police shooting, which resulted in the death of Danroy Henry, of Easton, Mass., hours after their school's homecoming game.

Police, who had responded to a disturbance outside a bar in the Thornwood shopping center, said Henry sped away and hit two officers after another officer knocked on his car window. Some witnesses have contradicted that account.

Authorities allege three of the teammates interfered with getting medical aid to Henry; the other is accused of breaking a store window.

Some witnesses have alleged that the handcuffed Henry was neglected for up to 15 minutes after he was shot. Mount Pleasant police Chief Louis Alagno has said Henry received treatment from officers within three to five minutes of the first report of a shooting.

Defense attorney Bonita Zelman has called the charges against Henry's teammates a cover-up for police brutality. Police say they have received no brutality complaint.

On Thursday, the judge declined to hear Zelman's motion to dismiss the charges but said she could take it up later this month.

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