Teen beaten in NY church is out of hospital, will testify

A 17-year-old boy who was beaten inside his upstate New York church in an attack that killed his older brother has been released from the hospital and is expected to testify against at least one of the suspects in the case.

New Hartford police say Christopher Leonard is under the supervision of Oneida County Child Protective Services following his weekend discharge.

Police say he and 19-year-old Lucas Leonard were beaten by their parents, sister and three other church members inside the Word of Life Christian Church on Oct. 11. Authorities believe the attack was prompted by the brothers’ desire to leave the church.

All six have pleaded not guilty.

Christopher Leonard is set to testify Wednesday at a hearing on assault charges against his sister and possibly a man.

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