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Trial delayed for reality star Bam Margera, who is accused of assaulting brother

WEST CHESTER — Reality television star and local skateboarding hero Brandon “Bam” Margera on Monday appeared at the Chester County Justice Center expecting action on his criminal case involving an alleged assault on his brother, but left the building without a resolution.

Common Pleas Judge Patrick Carmody, who is overseeing Margera’s trial on simple assault and terroristic threats cases, said he would pass the case until Wednesday, when the two sides could either present him with a guilty plea agreement or go to trial on the matter.

“I do want to get it done this week,” the judge told attorneys for Margera and the District Attorney’s Office. “It’s a straightforward case. I’m not going to continue it again.”

The matter was complicated by the fact that the prosecutor who is assigned to the case, Assistant District Attorney Zachary Yurick, was not in court to let the judge know where his office was in negotiations with Margera’s defense team of attorneys Michael van der Veen, William Brennan, and Adam Leasure.

Carmody advised the trio that Yurick, who is a prosecutor with the D.A.’s Office Child Abuse Unit, had only last Friday wrapped up an emotional child abuse case in his courtroom involving accusations of child rape. But Brennan and van der Veen — who previously represented former President Donald J. Trump — complained that Yurick had show them a lack of “courtesy” by being unresponsive to their calls and emails about the case.

“I don’t care what sex case he has,” Brennan told the judge, referencing Yurick’s trial. “We have all had sex cases. But this guy’s coming from Florida,” meaning Margera. “We don’t care about a verdict. We care about courtesy.”

“I don’t want to hear he’s busy,” said van der Veen. “I want to hear courtesy.”

Attorneys William Brennan and Michael van der Veen arrive at the Chester County Justice Center on Thursday, July 27, 2023, for "Bam" Margera's preliminary hearing (Michael P. Rellahan/Daily Local News)
Attorneys William Brennan and Michael van der Veen arrive at the Chester County Justice Center on Thursday, July 27, 2023, for “Bam” Margera’s preliminary hearing (Michael P. Rellahan/Daily Local News)

Margera, who appeared in court with his new wife, Dannii Marie, said little to the judge during the proceeding. Carmody suggested to one of the two prosecuting attorneys assigned to his courtroom that if Yurick is busy with other cases, someone else from the office might handle the matter, which involve accusations that Margera assaulted his brother after staying up for days, and threatened other family members with violence.

The judge noted, however, that when he last saw attorneys on the case for a status hearing, he had received conflicting versions of what was going to happen with the case when it came due from them. One attorney for Margera had contended the case would go to trial, while another assured the judge it would be resolved with a plea.

Brennan, on the other hand, suggested that because Margera had been crime free in the intervening months since his arrest in 2023 and had been clean and sober, he should be given the benefit of seeing the case dismissed entirely. “He’s doing so well,” the Philadelphia attorney claimed.

But Carmody rejected that notion. “I can’t just start dismissing cases,” the judge said.

Since Margera last appeared before Carmody in September 2023, he has had restrictions governing his pre-trial release eased, allowing him to not wear an electronic ankle bracelet that would detect alcohol use and to travel to other states for business. He has also married the girlfriend he met in 2023, Marie, and who he now credits for keeping him on a straight path.

“I never had structure before. I always woke up not knowing what to do with the day … I would just look across the street, see an Irish pub and be like, ‘That looks like fun,’ ” he said in a December 20 interview with US Weekly. “Now I wake up, I walk the dogs, I stretch, I go to the gym, I go skateboarding. Everything’s a structured fun schedule. And we do it together, and it’s just a perfect thing.”

Margera’s legal troubles in Chester County began in April 2023, when state police were called to his Pocopson property known as “Castle Bam” for the report of a domestic disturbance. There, a trooper spoke with Jessie Margera, his brother, who said he had been in a physical confrontation with Bam, who had threatened to shoot him, and that he had taken off into the woods.

He disappeared for several days before arriving at District Court in Avondale to surrender on the charges against him.

To contact staff writer Michael P. Rellahan call 610-696-1544.


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