The Morgan Stanley banker accused of stiffing and stabbing a New York City cab driver has waived his right to a jury trial.
Eugene Riccio, the lawyer for Knollwood Lane resident William Bryan Jennings who faces the charges, said that the decision was made “to expedite the adjudication of the case.”
Jennings pleaded not guilty to felony hate crime, felony assault and larceny in April. He faces the charges after not paying the cab fare from Manhattan to his Darien home in December.
While arguing over the amount of the fare, Jennings pulled out a penknife and ending up cutting the cab driver’s hand, although it’s unclear whether the cuts were intentional as the two men have conflicted recollections of the event.
Jennings admitted to police that he drank several beers at a holiday party before getting his ride home.
The driver, Mohamed Anmar of Queens, N.Y., also told police that Jennings threatened him with racial slurs. Riccio said this accusation is false, and claims Jennings was the victim of an abduction. No charges have been filed against Anmar.
If convicted, Jennings faces more than 10 years in prison and a $10,500 fine. His next court date is scheduled for Friday, May 25.