News King County Prosecutors Drop Charges in Gay-Bashing Case
posted by March 28 at 14:01 PMon
The King County Prosecutor’s Office has dropped charges against Matthew Oly and Bryan Krieger, who were accused of harassing and threatening Marcus Wilson—the former manager of the Pony nightclub—on Capitol Hill last September.
According to King County Deputy Prosecutor Mike Hogan, Krieger’s attorney presented prosecutors with another potential suspect. Wilson was unable to positively identify whether or not the third suspect was involved in the incident, and prosecutors decided they’d have trouble making their case. Additionally, Krieger passed a polygraph test about his involvement in the gay-bashing.
According to Hogan, the prosecutors have apologized to Oly and Krieger. “[The] fear as a prosecutor, of falsely charging somebody, is always in the back of your mind,” he says. “We told [Oly and Krieger] that if that’s what happened, we apologize. We’re not interested in convicting people that didn’t do it.” Hogan also says he dropped a related drug charge against Oly because “[the case] was never about drugs.”