New York A man imprisoned in the death of his newborn son pleaded innocent Wednesday to a charge of interfering with police after a friend allegedly threw a bottle at Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker.
Police said the bottle was thrown from the first-base box seats. It landed about 10 feet from Rocker as he warmed up on the mound at Shea Stadium, where the Braves played the Mets on Tuesday night.
When police tried to arrest Raymond Maniaci, of Wyckoff, N.J., his hometown friend Brian Peterson got between them and Maniaci and refused to step away, police told the Daily News and New York Post.
Peterson, 22, was released on his own recognizance Wednesday after pleading innocent at his arraignment. He had served 1 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter along with his girlfriend Amy Grossberg in the 1996 death of their newborn son at a Delaware motel.
Maniaci, 22, pleaded innocent to a charge of reckless endangerment and also was released.
Peterson told his mother, Barbara Zuchowski, that his arrest Tuesday was a misunderstanding and that he was turning to step away as one officer had instructed, his Delaware lawyer, Joseph Hurley, said after talking to the mother.