Notice: Undefined property: stdClass::$image_fulltext in /home/indiancountrynew/public_html/plugins/content/social2s/social2s.php on line 1531

Notice: Undefined property: stdClass::$image_intro in /home/indiancountrynew/public_html/plugins/content/social2s/social2s.php on line 1533

Notice: Undefined property: stdClass::$image_fulltext in /home/indiancountrynew/public_html/plugins/content/social2s/social2s.php on line 1531

Notice: Undefined property: stdClass::$image_intro in /home/indiancountrynew/public_html/plugins/content/social2s/social2s.php on line 1533

Mom, daughter to stand trial in alleged hate beating

Lewiston, Idaho (AP) 10-07

A north-central Idaho judge has ruled there is enough evidence that an American Indian girl was beaten because of her race to merit a jury trial, a legal blow to a mother and daughter who are accused of a felony hate crime.

Jill Grant, 40, and her daughter, Ashley Grant, 21, are accused of inflicting minor injuries on the 13-year-old girl on Sept. 12 outside a Lewiston apartment building while surrounded by several family members and friends chanting “white power.”
Mother and daughter have each been charged with one count each of malicious harassment. Under Idaho law, it is a felony to harass or intimidate someone because of race, color or religion.

In a hearing in a Nez Perce County Court Wednesday, Magistrate Gregory Kalbfleisch agreed there was conflicting testimony from witnesses, but said the totality of the statements made a trial necessary to help determine what happened.

Gregory Reeves, a tenant in the apartment building, told Kalbfleisch he heard chants of “white power” at the time of the incident – and not for the first time, he said. The family had recently been evicted, Reeves said, but had returned repeatedly to the site.

“I heard lots of ‘white power’ that day, it was an everyday occurrence,” Reeves said, adding he heard the fight begin when Jill Grant instructed members of her family to “whip” the girl. He testified that Ashley Grant then threw the girl to the ground and struck her in the head at least twice before Jill Grant joined the physical confrontation.

Another tenant, Charles Trump, said that “Jill and Ashley Grant were not the primary aggressors.” Instead, Trump said, he watched from his porch when the teen confronted the Grants and initiated the altercation.

Defense attorneys Robert Van Idour and Richard M. Cuddihy argued the charges should be reduced, in part because of the differing accounts. They also argued that family members and others who were with the mother and daughter at the time are alleged to have screamed “white power” at everyone who passed by, not just the girl – a sign they didn’t single out the teen because of her race.

The girl, whose name isn’t being used in published accounts because of her age, said she’d heard a group of four or five people yelling “white power” in front of the apartment building where she lived. She told the court she confronted the group about its chants after returning from a visit to a nearby hospital on personal business.

“I walked up to them and said, ‘No, what about Native pride?”’ the girl told the court. “That’s when they started attacking me. Before all this went down, it didn’t really bother me that much, but after it happened, it scared me.”

In all, five people have been charged in connection to the case.

During october, David C. Moody, 18, Michael S. Moody, 22, and 19-year-old Jason R. Grant, the brother of Ashley Grant, pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony attempted intimidation of a witness. They allegedly screamed “white power” at the girl and her mother on Sept. 15, three days after the original altercation.

A jury trial in their cases is set for Jan. 22.

Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.com
0
0
0