January trial slated in Pittsfield bat attack case


PITTSFIELD -- The city man police allege held another man hostage and attacked him with a bat and a flashlight in a drug-fueled attack is heading to trial in January.

The attorney for Brian K. Podavini, 42, of Appleton Avenue said on Thursday that no plea deals were likely and the case was going to trial.

Podavini was in Berkshire Superior Court on Thursday with his attorney, Jill Sheldon, for a pretrial conference before Judge Daniel A. Ford.

The defendant has pleaded not guilty to single counts of kidnapping and witness intimidation and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for allegedly attacking Brian E. Harris Jr. at Podavini's Pittsfield apartment on Sept. 25, 2011.

Police said Podavini held Harris against his will and beat him with an 18-inch maglite and a baseball bat after the two men spent the night doing drugs.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Marianne Shelvey is prosecuting the case.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department.

Podavini remains out on bail.


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