Several Charges Dropped in Nick Forte Beating Case

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Matthew Morris (left) and Miguel Maldonado, the two suspects charged in the beating of Nick Forte.

This Tuesday a judge dismissed a handful of charges against Miguel Maldonado and Matthew Morris, the two men accused of beating and mugging Nick Forte in the Gayborhood in November.

The Philadelphia Gay News reports that Judge Bradley K. Moss dropped the pair’s robbery, theft and receiving-stolen-property charges due to a lack of evidence. But the word is still out on whether or not they’ll be charged with others. PGN reports:


The pair still faces aggravated assault, simple assault, conspiracy and reckless-endangerment charges.

Morris is free on bail, and the judge this week denied another request from Maldonado’s attorney to decrease his bail. Maldonado continues to be held on $50,000 bail.

Forte contends Maldonado, who at the time was a bouncer at Voyeur but who has since been let go, struck him from behind with a flashlight and Morris then pummeled him while he was unconscious. The attack resulted in a number of broken bones.

Something tells me they skirt by on those. We'll find out soon: There will be a formal arraignment for Morris and Maldonado on Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. in Room 1104 of the Criminal Justice Center. Stay tuned for updates.

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  • Tiger Building

    If you’re seen the video — especially the full video that includes time before and after the attack — you can very clearly tell it was just that: a horrible attack. There was no robbery before, during or afterward. Dropping those charges is appropriate, no matter how awful these two criminals are. The combined charges were originally based on the victim’s thoughts on what happened, although he admits that because he blacked out, he didn’t know for sure. Don’t just assume the other charges won’t stick. Instead, this ruling reflects what actually went down that night and adjusts things accordingly. Now, hopefully justice will be served!