FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Florida judge is hearing argument about whether a new trial is warranted for the alleged ringleader in an attack on a teenager who was soaked in alcohol and set on fire.
Circuit Judge Matthew Destry was considering Wednesday if there was insufficient evidence of juror misconduct for a new trial for 18-year-old Matthew Bent. Bent was convicted in June of aggravated battery in the 2009 attack on Michael Brewer, who was then 15.
The jury foreperson claimed there was racial animosity and division that affected the verdict. Bent is black and Brewer is white.
Bent faces up to 15 years in prison if the conviction stands. Two other youths are serving prison time after pleading no contest to attempted murder charges.
Brewer survived after jumping into a swimming pool.