Some brief updates and thoughts – Complete article is at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/29/detroit-beating-trial-dates-set/8446899/
DETROIT — Beating victim Steven Utash (age 54) will be transferred to a rehab center. Utash was beaten by a mob of men after he got out of his truck to help a 10-year-old boy he hit after the child darted into traffic in Detroit on April 2.
Each of the defendants faces charges of assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm. Saffold faces an additional charge of using a firearm in a felony, as a witness alleges he waved a gun during the incident.
Separately, a 16-year-old is set for a June trial in juvenile court on charges of assault and ethnic intimidation. He is black; Utash is white.
Monday’s hearings were relatively low-key a week after the four men’s preliminary hearings, where courtroom disruptions frustrated a district court judge and camera crews received a lewd gesture from Saffold.
Thoughts: No mention of a “hate crime”. Instead it is “ethnic intimidation?” That is a first. I’ll remember that the next time I drive through Detroit. I certainly won’t get out of my truck if I accidentally hit someone.