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September 24, 2013

Gay man’s beating investigated as hate crime

Springtown teen remains jailed on second-degree assault charge that could be enhanced

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Brice said, ‘There’s going to be things on there that looks like I’m being serious back with him.’”

Stone said he is preparing to seek a search warrant for the conversations through the website.

Johnson remained in the Parker County Jail Tuesday with bond set at $25,000.

According to the Austin-American Statesman last year, Texas law enforcement agencies have reported about 200 crimes yearly motivated by bias against a person’s race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other identifier.

However, prosecutors have earned a total of 10 convictions under the state’s hate crime statute that was adopted by the Legislature in 2001, less than one a year.

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