It would appear that the Decapitated case has reached its conclusion with all four members free to go. All rape and kidnapping charges against the Polish band have been dropped following months of accusation and imprisonment. As such, the band has released the following statement online:
“All charges against Decapitated have formally been dropped. Arrested September 8 in Santa Ana whilst on tour, the members of the band were jailed until December where they were released on their own recognizance.
New evidence arose that helped show that the band was innocent. While a trial would have given the band the opportunity to have all this evidence heard, the band welcome the decision and are excited to return back to their homes in Poland.
The members of Decapitated – Waclaw, Rafal, Michal and Hubert – send a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who supported them during this difficult time, including fans, friends, and family.”
They were originally scheduled to go on trial this month following the ordeal that began in early September.
You can learn more about the current situation and the dropping of this case over on the Washington based publication The Spokesman-Review. They’ve done an excellent job in journalism, covering the case with a level and detailed perspective since it began.
According to reports from The Spokesman-Review, all four members of Decapitated have been released from behind bars without having to post the $100,000 bail. Instead, they were freed on their own recognizance and help from Dominik Tarczynski, a member of Poland’s Parliament.
Some conditions set are that they stay in the state of Washington, that they turn in their passports, and sign waivers of extradition that would send them back to Spokane, WA if they were to leave or somehow make it back to their home country of Poland. They’re also to have no contact with each other unless attorneys are present.
Thy Art Is Murder guitarist Andy Marsh, who was on tour with Decapitated at the time of the events, has given testimony of his perspective that night stating the following of the accuser, “She was smashing her hands, arms and body against the metal barricade between the audience and the stage.”
A January 16th trial date has been set.
For more information and recent photographs, head over to The Spokesman-Review.
According to reports from local Washington based news source Komonews.com, every member of Decapitated appeared in court today and plead not guilty to the various degrees of kidnapping and rape charges placed against them.
Following this, a trial date was set for December 18th. This may end up being pushed into 2018.
To learn more and to see new photos from the proceedings, you can head over to Komonews.com.
Last Friday, Waclaw Kieltyka and Michal Lysejko appeared in Spokane County court. According to reports from The Spokesman-Review, their bail has been set at $100,000 and they were made to surrender their passports over to their attorney Stephen Graham. Another order has cut off communication between individual band members.
Their attorney has called this inhumane by international law stating, “If they are kept apart they, in essence, will be held in solitary confinement because they don’t speak English very well.”
For more information and photos from the court appearance, head over to The Spokesman-Review.
The Decapitated case has taken another step. According to The Spokesman-Review, all four members of the band have now been formally charged with rape in Spoken County. Guitarist Waclaw Kieltyka and vocalist Rafal Piotrowski have been charged in the second degree. Drummer Michal Lysejko and bassist Hubert Wiecek have been charged in the third.
In response to this, the band issued the following statement through their social networks:
An update – following extradition from California to Washington, the band has now been charged. We’d like to emphasise; the Spokane Police Department has pressed charges as procedural formality, without doing so, they would be forced to release band – this is not a conviction or any indication of guilt or innocence. Once again, we ask that everyone wait for each party’s case to be presented and await the court’s decision. With that said, whilst cases are being prepared on both sides, some facts are indisputable at this point – that the original officer who took the complaint from the accuser stated, “I do not have probable cause that a rape occurred”, and it’s taken a full 30 days to file charges, which is right up against the point at which the defendants would legally have had to be released.
The band firmly refutes the allegations and are confident that once the facts and evidence have been seen and heard, they will be released and able to return home.
Individuals who were present on the night in question with information about the case are asked to reach out to the defense lawyer, Steve Graham of Spokane, Washington.
According to the latest report from The Spokesman-Review, members of Decapitated are being extradited to Spokane County to face the accusations. First, drummer Michal Lysejko and guitarist Waclaw Kieltyka are being moved. Vocalist Rafal Piotrowski and bassist Hubert Wiecek will follow at a later time.
The the band’s defense attorney Steve Graham added the following, “We have witnesses that can testify to the fact that the accuser came to visit the band of her own free will and left on good terms… The accuser has a documented history of providing false information to the police dating back to 2014.”
Other witness accounts have also been released. You can read more over on The Spokesman-Review.
Following accusations of kidnapping and sexual assault, Decapitated have released the following statement via social networks:
“While we are not perfect human beings, we are not kidnappers, rapists, or criminals. As such, we strongly deny the allegations that have recently been brought against us.
We ask that everyone please reserve their judgement until a definitive outcome has been reached, as charges have yet to be pressed. Full testimony and evidence will be presented in due time, and we have faith in that process.
As there is uncertainty regarding a timeline for prospective proceedings and out of respect for fans and promoters, due to the severity of the claims, we have cancelled all planned touring.
All social media platforms have been temporarily disabled as they have been used as destinations for defamatory and malicious remarks. We would like to point out that the statements in the published police report were given prior to an arrest. At that point, no member of the band was aware of an active warrant being issued.”
For those who are unaware of the situation, Decapitated have had serious accusations placed against them. Following their August 31st show in Spokane, Washington the band was arrested on kidnapping accusations. They also had sexual assault accusations thrown at them. Their first court appearance occurred this week. Currently, all four members of the band are waiting in a Los Angeles jail for extradition back to Washington.
Furthermore, while speaking with The Spokesman-Review, the the band’s defense attorney Steve Graham had the following to say, “There is another side to this. We have witnesses that can testify to the fact that the accuser came to visit band of her own free will and left on good terms… Decapitated plan to fully fight the allegations that are brought against them, and we are fully confident that the other side of this story will be heard… I made it clear that I could get the guys up here (Spokane) ASAP and they would cooperate.”