Sunday, October 25, 2009

Beating victim testifies in homeless men's murders

He described it as a night of terror.

Anthony Pace, a warehouse manager of a Salvation Army store in Pontiac, Michigan, took the witness stand and and described how he was brutally beaten in a random attack by a group of teen boys as he walked home from work late one night in August 2008.

Two of the boys police say were in that group, who both were 14 at the time, now are charged with murder, accused of killing two homeless men during a three-day beating spree leading up to Pace's assault.

Pace was one of the lucky ones, prosecutors said. He escaped and got medical attention.

The homeless men weren't so fortunate. Dontez Tillman and Thomas McCloud, both now 15, face life in prison if convicted of stomping and beating to death Wilford Hamilton, 61, who was found in a Pontiac alley. McCloud also is charged with murder in the stomping death of Lee Hoffman, 65, who was found nearby.

Read the Detroit Free Press report here.


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