Md. neighborhood watch trial set against Fla. fury

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Two brothers accused of beating a black teenager while patrolling an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood watch are getting ready to go on trial.

The case has some of the similarities as the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.

The brothers, who are white and Jewish, have claimed self-defense, saying the teen was holding a nail-studded board. Local civil rights activists hope the Martin case will draw more attention to what they believe was racial profiling by neighborhood watch vigilantes.

Eliyahu and Avi Werdesheim are accused of beating a 15-year-old boy who was walking through a Baltimore neighborhood in November 2010.

The trial starts Monday.


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