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Charges May Be
Filed in Vicious Gay Beating in Utah

Charges May Be
Filed in Vicious Gay Beating in Utah

After first declining to file assault or burglary charges in August, Salt Lake County prosecutors are again reviewing whether to bring charges against a group of attackers who are accused of beating a gay male couple this summer, reports Utah's Salt Lake Tribune.

After first declining to file assault or burglary charges in August, Salt Lake County prosecutors are again reviewing whether to bring charges against a group of attackers who are accused of beating a gay male couple this summer, reports Utah's Salt Lake Tribune.

Prosecutors are now reviewing the complicated case "under different theory," deputy district attorney Alicia Cook told the Tribune. A decision on whether to bring charges won't be made "anytime soon" though.

The attack seemed to stem from an alleged kidnapping of children by David James Bell during a Fourth of July party. Bell is currently charged with kidnapping two children while at a neighbor's late-night Fourth of July party. According to Bell, he found a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old awake and fussy and took them over to his house so they could sleep on his couch. The children had already been removed from Bell's home when three to five adult relatives of the children -- unaware the kids were no longer in the house -- broke down the door to Bell's home.

What followed, according to the Tribune, was a vicious attack in which Bell's throat and toe were sliced with broken glass and his head slammed on the sidewalk. Bell's boyfriend, Dan Fair, who is not charged in the alleged kidnapping, had a large TV thrown onto his head.

Bell's lawyer calls the attack a "hate crime." Bell's kidnapping case will go to trial in April. (Neal Broverman, Advocate.com)

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