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Teens in Homeless Beating Case Want Venue Change

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Attorneys for two teens accused of
beating homeless men in Broward County are requesting a change of
venue.

This comes a week after several jury panels were dismissed because of concerns that people had already formed opinions on the highly publicized case. Judge Cynthia Imperato said Tuesday she could rule on the request later this week.

Twenty-one-year-old Brian Hooks and 19-year-old Thomas Daugherty are charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the 2006 attacks of three men in Fort Lauderdale.

One homeless man died after he was beaten with baseball bats. The other two suffered broken bones and lacerations. One attack was
caught on surveillance video.

Hooks and Daugherty face life in prison if convicted.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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