Trial to begin in Morehouse beating case

BY Advocate.com Editors

June 06 2003 11:00 PM ET

The trial for a Morehouse College student accused of savagely beating another student he thought was gay will begin Monday. Aaron Price, 19, is accused of beating a fellow student, Gregory Love, in a dorm bathroom at the Atlanta college last November.

Prosecutors say Price thought Love was making a sexual advance by looking in his shower stall, so Price left the shower and returned with a baseball bat. Love was severely beaten in the attack, suffering a fractured skull. He has since recovered and says he only looked at Price because he didn't have his glasses on and mistook Price for his roommate. Price is charged with assault and battery, and Fulton County is prosecuting the case as a hate crime, which could add five years to a sentence if Price is convicted.

The beating has evoked strong emotions at Morehouse, a historically black college where some gay students said homophobia is rampant. Price has been expelled. Jurors in the case were selected last week. More than 50 possible jury members were questioned on their feelings about gay people and any experiences with violent crime.

Opening statements are scheduled for Monday.

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