- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - An 18-year-old man faces a preliminary hearing this month on a hate crime charge after a University of Missouri residence hall was vandalized.

Bonne County authorities charged Bradley M. Becker with second-degree property damage motivated by discrimination after the vandalism at the Mark Twain Residence Hall. A swastika was burned into the ceiling of a stairwell twice in April and someone once wrote “You have been warned.”

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1ANssuA ) Becker’s attorney, Columbia-based Jeffrey Hilbrenner, was not available for comment Tuesday.

Becker is listed in an online directory as a freshman health science major.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 23.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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