FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, from left, Johnny Mullet, Lester Mullet, Daniel Mullet, Levi Miller and Eli Miller wait to make their pleas in Holmes County Municipal Court in Millersburg, Ohio. in the case involving beard- and hair-cutting attacks against Amish men and women in Ohio. Sixteen Amish defendants, including four women recently added to the case, face arraignment Thursday afternoon, April 18, 2012 in federal court in Cleveland. An updated indictment returned last month added new allegations that the suspects tried to hide or destroy evidence, including a disposable camera, shears and a bag of hair from the victims. (AP Photo/The Daily Record, Mike Schenck, File)
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Sixteen men and women have pleaded not guilty in beard- and hair-cutting attacks against fellow Amish in Ohio.
The defendants and their attorneys overflowed defense tables and the jury box as they entered the pleas in Cleveland federal court to an updated indictment.
The latest indictment added new allegations that the suspects tried to hide or destroy evidence, including a disposable camera, shears and a bag of hair from the victims.
A feud over church discipline allegedly led to the attacks, in which the beards and hair of men and hair of women were cut.
The act is considered deeply offensive in Amish culture. The Amish believe the Bible instructs women to let their hair grow long and men to grow beards and stop shaving once they marry.