- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - Two Biddeford men originally charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing and using a brick to beat another man on a bridge have pleaded guilty to lesser charges just before their trial was scheduled to start.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1lj6S84 ) reports that Tamer Tilahun and Jonathan Dowd have accepted plea agreements to reduced charges that will allow both to go free, Tilahun on probation and Dowd for the time he served while awaiting trial.

Authorities allege they assaulted a man on a bridge that connects Saco and Biddeford in November 2011.

Their defense attorneys say their cases were fraught with missteps by the prosecution, including a failure to turn over evidence that included recordings that would have shown that they acted in self-defense because the other man was the aggressor.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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