Pace players get support in court from slain teammate's family
The parents of slain Pace University football player Danroy Henry were in court yesterday to support their late son's friends as the athletes face charges connected with their alleged actions the night Henry was shot dead by police.
In addition to pushing back the case against Joseph Romanick, Daniel Parker, Joseph Garcia and Yves Delpeche, citing new evidence in the Henry inquiry, prosecutors also accused the players' lawyer, Bonita Zelman, of having a conflict of interest and telling police that her clients would not cooperate in the Henry probe unless the charges against them are dropped.
The school's quarterback, 21-year-old Romanick, is facing a felony criminal mischief charge for allegedly breaking a store window in the chaotic scene at Thornwood's Town Center strip mall on Oct. 17.
Parker, Garcia and Delpeche are charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Police say the trio interfered when officers tried to administer aid to Henry.
According to court papers, 22-year-old Delpeche shouted at cops, "come on, shoot me too" and dared them to shock him before being subdued with a stun gun.
Police were called to the strip mall after a huge fight inside Finnegan's Grill spilled out into the parking lot. Authorities say they asked Henry to move his car, but he drove into an officer instead, prompting the cop to open fire.
A toxicology report shows that Henry was drunk when he died. A grand jury is reviewing the Henry case.
The four are due back in court on Jan. 20.
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