Detroit Mob Attack Suspects Face Attempted Murder Charges

The victim remains hospitalized, but the defense attorneys believe the charges are too severe.

Posted: 04/22/2014 02:00 PM EDT
Detroit Mob Attack Suspects Face Attempted Murder Charges

On Monday, a Detroit judge ordered four young Black men accused of a chaotic mob attack to stand trial on attempted murder charges. 

At the hearing, witnesses testified about the actions of Latrez Cummings, 19, James Davis, 24, Wonzey Saffold, 30, and Bruce Wimbush Jr., 17, accusing them of punching and kicking a white motorist who accidentally hit a 10-year-old Detroit boy.

"They were hollerin' and screamin', 'Oh, my God, get him, get him,'" witness Deborah Hughes, a nurse, testified. 

She also noted that Cummings likely kicked the victim at least 10 times.

"One or two may not be enough to kill anyone," Judge Thomas Jackson said of punches and kicks, "but a combination may be enough to cause one's death."

The beating reportedly placed motorist Steve Utash, 54, into a coma for several days. He is currently struggling and disoriented in the hospital, according to his brother-in-law Max Mohr.

Defense attorneys said Utash's injuries were "awful" but the charge was too severe, AP reported. 

"I pray for the man every day. I hope him and the boy are going to be OK," Cummings told police, according to his prosecutor Lisa Lindsey.

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(Photo: David Coates/Detroit News/AP Photo)

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