Judge Rules 4 Men Who Beat Steve Utash in Detroit Will Face Attempted Murder Charges

Three of the four suspects charged with beating Steve Utash     YOUTUBE
Three of the four suspects charged with beating Steve Utash

A judge has ruled that four Detroit men accused of beating a driver who accidentally hit a 10-year-old boy will stand trial on attempted murder charges.

On Monday, Judge Thomas Jackson found probable cause to move the case to trial after hearing witnesses testify that motorist Steve Utash was repeatedly kicked and punched by the four men after he stopped to check on the boy he had struck, the Associated Press reports.

“They were hollerin’ and screamin’, ‘Oh, my God, get him, get him,'” nurse, Deborah Hughes, who is credited with stopping the attack against Utash testified.

Ashley Daniels, who also witnessed the attack, testified that Utash was mobed shortly after leaving his pickup to check on the boy. According to AP, Daniels said that Utash’s hat was knocked off after a few blows and that the boys dared him to try and pick it up before he was punched again.

“He fell. He got up again,” she said. “It was like he was almost accepting it.”

Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey introduced statements for three of the four men: Latrez Cummings, 19, James Davis, 24, and Wonzey Saffold, 30. Bruce Wimbush Jr., 17 waived the hearing but all four men acknowledged their role in the April 2 attack.

According to AP, a 16-year-old boy is being charged separately in Juvenile Court with assault and ethnic intimidation in the case. He and the other defendants are black; Utash is white.

“I pray for the man every day. I hope him and the boy are going to be OK,” Cummings told police, according to Lindsey.

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Source: The Root | 

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