Members Of An Oneida County Church Where A Teenager Was Beaten To Death Are Now Suing The Town

08.31.16 | Jeremy Miller

19 year-old Lucas Leonard and his brother Christopher were brutally beaten inside the Word of Life Church in New Hartford last October.  Lucas later dies from his injuries.  The nine members who police say were involved, have been charged and are having their cases heard.

Other church members have filed a federal lawsuit against the town claiming they were wrongly discriminated against.

The lawsuit claims town leaders shut the church down without giving notice to members.  Church members are seeking monetary damages against the town.

The remaining six defendants in the beating case will be back in court this Friday.

A trial date has been set for October 12th.