Teen beaten in NY church is out of hospital, will testify

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NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (AP) -- A 17-year-old boy who was beaten inside his upstate New York church in an attack that killed his older brother has been released from the hospital and is expected to testify against at least one of the suspects in the case.

New Hartford police say Christopher Leonard is under the supervision of Oneida County Child Protective Services following his weekend discharge.

Police say he and 19-year-old Lucas Leonard were beaten by their parents, sister and three other church members inside the Word of Life Christian Church on Oct. 11. Authorities believe the attack was prompted by the brothers' desire to leave the church.

All six have pleaded not guilty.

Christopher Leonard is set to testify Wednesday at a hearing on assault charges against his sister and possibly a man.

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The Word of Life church is seen on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in New Hartford, N.Y. Two teenage brothers were brutally beaten in the church on Sunday, one fatally, in an effort by their parents, sister and other members to get them to confess their sins, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Police walk outside the Word of Life church on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in New Hartford, N.Y. Bruce and Deborah Leonard have been charged in the beating death of their son, Lucas, and the severe beating of his 17-year-old brother, Christopher, inside the church on Sunday. Four other adults were charged with assault in the younger brother's beating, including Sarah Ferguson, 33, the victims' sister. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
The Leonard family residence is seen on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in Clayville, N.Y. Bruce and Deborah Leonard have been charged in the beating death of their 19-year-old son, Lucas, and the severe beating of his 17-year-old brother, at the nearby Word of Life church on Sunday. Four other adults were charged with assault in the younger brother's beating, including Sarah Ferguson, 33, the victims' sister. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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The Leonard family residence is seen on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in Clayville, N.Y. Bruce and Deborah Leonard have been charged in the beating death of their 19-year-old son, Lucas, and the severe beating of his 17-year-old brother, at the nearby Word of Life church on Monday. Four other adults were charged with assault in the younger brother's beating, including Sarah Ferguson, 33, the victims' sister. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A school bus passes the Word of Life church on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in New Hartford, N.Y. Two teenage brothers were brutally beaten in the church on Sunday, one fatally, in an effort by their parents, sister and other members to get them to confess their sins, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Valerie Giannatelli walks past the Word of Life church with children from her daycare center on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in New Hartford, N.Y. Bruce and Deborah Leonard have been charged in the beating death of their son, Lucas, and the severe beating of his 17-year-old brother, Christopher, inside the church on Sunday. Four other adults were charged with assault in the younger brother's beating, including Sarah Ferguson, 33, the victims' sister. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Police talk to a man through a fence while serving paperwork at the Word of Life church on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in New Hartford, N.Y. Bruce and Deborah Leonard have been charged in the beating death of their son, Lucas, and the severe beating of his 17-year-old brother, Christopher, inside the church on Sunday. Four other adults were charged with assault in the younger brother's beating, including Sarah Ferguson, 33, the victims' sister. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
The Word of Life church is seen on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in New Hartford, N.Y. Two teenage brothers were brutally beaten in the church on Sunday, one fatally, in an effort by their parents, sister and other members to get them to confess their sins, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Police knock on the door of the Word of Life church while serving paperwork on a church member, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in New Hartford, N.Y. Bruce and Deborah Leonard have been charged in the beating death of their son, Lucas, and the severe beating of his 17-year-old brother, Christopher, inside the church on Sunday. Four other adults were charged with assault in the younger brother's beating, including Sarah Ferguson, 33, the victims' sister. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
New Hartford Police Chief Michael Inserra speaks about a fatal beating of a 19-year-old inside the Word of Life church during an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in New Hartford, N.Y. Bruce and Deborah Leonard have been charged in the beating death of their son, Lucas, and the severe beating of his 17-year-old brother, Christopher, inside the church on Sunday. Four other adults were charged with assault in the younger brother's beating, including Sarah Ferguson, 33, the victims' sister. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Police walk outside the Word of Life church on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in New Hartford, N.Y. Bruce and Deborah Leonard have been charged in the beating death of their son, Lucas, and the severe beating of his 17-year-old brother, Christopher, inside the church on Sunday. Four other adults were charged with assault in the younger brother's beating, including Sarah Ferguson, 33, the victims' sister. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
People attend a candlelight vigil in honor Lucas Leonard and Christopher Leonard, two teenagers brothers who were beaten during a church counseling session, at St. Patrick St. Anthony Church in Chadwicks, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Lucas Leonard died in the attack at the Word of Life Christian Church in the central New York town of New Hartford. (Tina Russel/Observer-Dispatch via AP, Pool)
The crowd chants songs during a candlelight vigil in honor of Lucas Leonard and Christopher Leonard, two teenagers brothers who were beaten during a church counseling session, at St. Patrick St. Anthony Church in Chadwicks, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Lucas Leonard died in the attack at the Word of Life Christian Church in the central New York town of New Hartford. (Tina Russel/Observer-Dispatch via AP, Pool)
Lauryn Johns signs a banner during a candlelight vigil in honor of Lucas Leonard and Christopher Leonard, two teenagers brothers who were beaten during a church counseling session, at St. Patrick St. Anthony Church in Chadwicks, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Lucas Leonard died in the attack at the Word of Life Christian Church in the central New York town of New Hartford. (Tina Russel/Observer-Dispatch via AP, Pool)
Laura Petrilli, left, and Bianca Petrilli attend a candlelight vigil in honor of Lucas Leonard and Christopher Leonard, two teenagers brothers who were beaten during a church counseling session, at St. Patrick St. Anthony Church in Chadwicks, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Lucas Leonard died in the attack at the Word of Life Christian Church in the central New York town of New Hartford. (Tina Russel/Observer-Dispatch via AP, Pool)
Charlie Sherman plays a guitar and sings during a candlelight vigil in honor of Lucas Leonard and Christopher Leonard, two teenagers brothers who were beaten during a church counseling session, at St. Patrick St. Anthony Church in Chadwicks, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Lucas Leonard died in the attack at the Word of Life Christian Church in the central New York town of New Hartford. (Tina Russel/Observer-Dispatch via AP, Pool)
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