3 UAlbany students charged in CDTA incident refuse plea deal, case to go to grand jury

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Three University at Albany students accused of lying about a racially motivated bus attack have refused a plea deal that would have demanded an apology.

Ariel Agudio, Alexis Briggs and Asha Burwell appeared before a judge in Albany City Court on Monday where Assistant Albany County District Attorney Dave Rossi told the trio any negotiations would have to begin with an apology. But the young women declined that opportunity and the DA’s office has now served notice that an Albany Grand Jury will be convening to hear the case.

The three face misdemeanor charges after they claimed to have been attacked by a group of young men and women on an early morning CDTA bus ride returning from the Albany bar scene.

Investigators say security video from inside the bus and 911 recordings refuted the young women’s claims.

The initial report caused an uproar within the SUNY campus community and across the country resulting in a well attended rally with the trio standing teary eyed at a podium demanding justice. But as their story began to unravel, two of the students have now left school.

The Grand Jury is expected to hear testimony this week.

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