Grand jury dismisses all counts against Jordan Williams

Manslaughter charges against 20-year-old Jordan Williams have been dropped.  

A Brooklyn grand jury voted to dismiss all counts against Williams in the fatal stabbing of a 36-year-old homeless man on the J train earlier this month.  

Williams' attorney tells Fox 5 Reporter Linda Schmidt that Williams testified before the grand jury for about 45 minutes telling them he acted in self-defense after the man punched him and his girlfriend.

Last week, Williams spoke about the incident On Good Day New York.

The Brooklyn District Attorney's office statement:

Its investigation: "... included review of multiple videos and interviews with all available witnesses, and that evidence was fairly presented to a grand jury"


Daniel Penny pleads not guilty in NYC subway chokehold death of Jordan Neely

Daniel Penny pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide death of Jordan Neely after holding him in a chokehold on the floor of a moving subway car.

Daniel Penny pleads not guilty: 

The dismissal of these charges coming on the same day that Daniel Penny pleaded not guilty to charges of second degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

The 24-year-old former marine was formally arraigned after being indicted by a Manhattan grand jury for the chokehold death of Jordan Neely on the F train last month. 

Thomas Kenniff is Penny’s attorney. 

Many are comparing the two cases. Both men claim self-defense.

Williams testified before the grand jury. Penny did not.

Williams was attacked. Penny responded to verbal threats and erratic behavior. Arthur Aidala is a criminal defense lawyer.

"In the Brooklyn case, the deceased strikes the first blow and continues to strike blows and then the defendant acts.  In the Manhattan case with Penny… Penny is acting on threats and not actual force or actual contact." Aidala also says the chokehold video is powerful. 

The charges will be formally dropped in court in a day or two.