NEW YORK — Bernhard Goetz pleaded innocent today to charges stemming from his shooting of four youths on a subway train, and his lawyer was granted a delay in the trial that Goetz hopes "will end the controversy."
Goetz's court appearance came one day after he was indicted on four counts of attempted murder by the second grand jury to investigate the Dec. 22 shootings.
The first grand jury indicted Goetz, 37, only for felony weapons possession charges.
During the arraignment, Judge Stephen Crane kept Goetz's bail at $5,000, rejecting a prosecutor's request that it be raised to $20,000.
Assistant Dist. Atty. Gregory Waples said higher bail was warranted because the new charges are "substantially more serious." But he added, "I concede the defendant has faithfully appeared in court whenever required."