Trial Ordered For Teen in Mob Attack on Motorist

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DETROIT (AP) -- A judge has ordered a juvenile trial for a 16-year-old Detroit boy charged with assault and ethnic intimidation charges in the brutal beating of a suburban motorist.

Wayne County Judge Jerome Cavanagh denied a defense lawyer's request Thursdy to reduce the teenager's $400,000 bond. The trial set for June 23.

The teen is charged in the April 2 beating of 54-year-old Steve Utash on Detroit's east side.

Utash was punched and kicked by several people as he stopped to check on a 10-year-old boy struck when he stepped in front of Utash's pickup truck.

Utash of Macomb County's Clinton Township remains hospitalized with severe head injuries.

Four adults are charged with attempted murder. Defense lawyer Solomon Radner says the boy has "sorry feelings" and the ethnic intimidation charge is unjustified.

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