- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - The lawyer for a Detroit teen accused of triggering a mob’s severe beating of a suburban man who accidentally struck a 10-year-old with his pickup truck says his client is “extremely remorseful.”

The 16-year-old is scheduled for trial June 23 in juvenile court on charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and ethnic intimidation.

Fifty-four-year-old Steve Utash spent days in a coma and remains hospitalized after the April 2 beating on Detroit’s east side.

Four males ages 17 to 30 face attempted murder charges.

Attorney Solomon Radner said Friday that the 16-year-old “feels that he embarrassed himself and his hardworking, loving parents” and “prays for Mr. Utash every day.”

Utash is white and the suspects are black. Radner says “race never was a factor” in the attack.


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