Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Amish Hair-Cutting Suspects Head To Court
The suspects, Johnny, Daniel and Lester Mullet, along with Eli and Levi Miller, will head to court to face felony charges of kidnapping and aggravated burglary. A grand jury is expected to hear the case in the coming weeks.
The suspects appeared in court wearing all blue denim but did not say anything.
Their lawyer, Andy Hyde, told the Post-Gazette that he would not comment on the case as he has yet to see the state’s evidence against his clients. Under Ohio law, detailed descriptions of alleged crimes are not presented in affidavits until the grand jury returns charges.
The Associated Press reported that all the men were freed on bond last week and Holmes County Municipal Judge extended their bonds.
CNN reported that the men are accused of a string of hair-cutting attacks on Amish men and women. Due to their beliefs, men grow beards after marriage and women never cut their hair.
The Amish, known for their simple way of life and eschewing modern technology, has not seen such publicity like this. An attack like the men are accused of is considered shameful in Amish society.
"I don't know of any other cases like this," said Donald Kraybill, an Amish scholar at Elizabethtown College. "Amish-on-Amish violence is very rare."
Kraybill added that since the suspects are a member of a splinter group headed by Bishop Sam Mullet, the incidents should not be considered Amish-on-Amish crime.
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