Miami, FL – In videotaped interviews conducted by police both before and after his arrest in the 2014 shooting death of a visiting rabbi from Brooklyn, 15 year-old Deandre Charles continues to deny any involvement in the case.
MIAMICBSLOCAL.com (http://cbsloc.al/1JYXJKk) reports that the Charles is charged with killing 60 year-old Rabbi Joseph Raskin in a botched robbery as the rabbi was walking to shul on Sabbath on August 9, 2014.
During a May 2015 interview with police when he was considered a suspect in the case, the then-14 year-old Charles is heard denying he was at the crime scene when confronted with eyewitness testimony.
“I don’t know. I was not there. I would explain it like – I was not there. I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about. I don’t have no clue what he’s talking about,” Charles tells detectives.
When told that police had collected DNA evidence linking him to the crime, Charles responds, “Lies.”
Even after his arrest 7-months later Charles remains steadfast in his denial, telling police, “I don’t have nothing to do with it. If I would have known something about that murder, I swear I wasn’t even there the day of the murder, man.”