German prosecutors charge man in death of female student who tried to protect others

German prosecutors have indicted an 18-year-old on charges of serious bodily harm causing the death of a young woman who came to the defense of two teenage girls he and others were harassing.

Teaching student Tugce Albayrak died days after being struck on the head and falling to the ground following a Nov. 15 altercation at a McDonald's restaurant in the city of Offenbach. The 23-year-old was hailed as a hero and praised by German President Joachim Gauck as a role model for trying to help others.

Offenbach prosecutor Axel Kreutz said Tuesday that the suspect, identified only as Sanel M., would be tried before a juvenile court.

Kreutz declined to comment on German media reports that Albayrak's skull was fractured by the fall.