The trial of four Detroit men charged with beating a white driver earlier this month turned ugly as family and friends of the attackers laughed and yelled out objections throughout the hearing.
Officials have charged 19-year-old Latrez Cummings, 24-year-old James Davis, and 30-year-old Wonzey Saffold with intent to commit murder while a fourth 17-year-old defendant turned down his right for a preliminary hearing.
The men are charged with beating Steven Utash to within an inch of his life.
On Monday, court deputies had to admonish several people in the courtroom for being unruly and downright laughing as the prosecution described the evidence. One man had to be removed.
Utash’s brother-in-law Max Mohr said “Why would you laugh about someone being in the hospital? To make a mockery in the courtroom… what can you do?”
At one point, eyewitness Anton Sykes began to argue with the judge after he refused to describe what he saw happen at the crime scene. That evoked several more laughs and others yelled out “Yeah! You tell him!”
After giving a statement to the police, Sykes now says he didn’t see anything. Sykes has been jailed and could face perjury charges after the court incident.
Meanwhile, Utash, who had been in a medically induced coma for the two weeks, “has taken a bad turn,” according to reports.
Mohr says “We thought he was starting to come back out of it, but he’s not. He ain’t the Steve I know. The family… they’re messed up. Steve’s out of it; he wakes up and thinks he’s a train conductor. He thinks he hit the kid with an airplane. He’s awake but he’s not understanding what’s going on.”