Queens Bouncer Indicted for Manslaughter in Clubgoer Death
QUEENS — A Queens nightclub bouncer accused of brutally beating a man who later died was indicted by a grand jury for manslaughter this week, authorities said.
Kristian Sorbera, 27, is scheduled to be arraigned for manslaughter in Queens Supreme Court on June 27, the Queens District Attorney’s office said.
Ramdular died a couple of days later after his family took him off life support and the case was ruled a homicide, officials from the Medical Examiner's office said.
John Pappalardo, the attorney for the bouncer, claims he has a witness who can testify that Sorbera acted in self-defense after being attacked by Ramdular.
Last week, Pappalardo filed a petition in Queens Supreme Court asking for his client to be released based on new evidence he had obtained. The document was also sent to the Queens District Attorney’s office, Pappalardo said.
"There's a mountain of exculpatory evidence that exonerates my client (...)," Pappalardo said. "This evidence was completely ignored by both the district attorney's office and the NYPD. My office will do everything to expedite this matter and are confident that all charges will be dismissed after trial."
Helen Peterson, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said that "If the defense has information that they wish to share we will gladly review it."
Sorbera is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.