Please note, this is still a developing story and details are still emerging. We will endeavour to keep you all updated as further details become available.
Spokane County Prosecutors have decided to drop the rape and kidnapping charges held against the four members of the Polish death metal band Decapitated. As we reported last year, all four members had been charged with either second degree or third degree rape. Although this does mean the quartet are free to return home to Poland, the four men could be prosecuted in the future as the charges were dropped on “the well being of the victim.”
The band has just issued a statement on their Facebook page which can be viewed below:
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 – Wacław, Rafal, Michał and Hubert – send a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who supported them during this difficult time, including fans, friends, and family.
The Spokane Spokesman-Review has further details.
Whilst we as a site are relieved that the band has been released, the damage that has been done to their careers will be difficult to mend. This is going to be a long hard uphill battle for Decapitated and we would not be surprised if they elected to go on a hiatus or break-up entirely.
We will continue to keep you updated on this story as it develops.