White Teens Accused Of Brutal Racist Attack
Hispanic boy left for dead
April 27, 2006
(AP) -- Two white teenagers severely beat and sodomized a 16-year-old Hispanic boy who they believed had tried to kiss a 12-year-old
white girl at a party, authorities said.
The attackers forced the boy out of the house party, beat him and sodomized him with
a metal pipe, shouting epithets "associated with being Hispanic," said Lt. John Martin with the Harris County Sheriff's Department.
They then poured bleach over the boy, apparently to destroy DNA evidence and left him
for dead, authorities said. He wasn't discovered until Sunday, a day after the attack.
The victim, who was not identified, suffered severe internal injuries and remained
in critical condition Thursday.
Keith Robert Turner, 17, and David Henry Tuck, 18, are charged with aggravated sexual
assault, investigators said.
Prosecutors are considering whether to attach hate-crime charges, but unless the victim
dies, the possible penalty would be the same. If the boy dies and it is ruled a hate crime, the attackers could face the death
penalty, authorities said.
The case has been turned over to the homicide division, Martin said, normal procedure
in severe assault cases.
Authorities set bond at $100,000 for Turner and at $20,000 for Tuck.
Spring is a middle-class, largely white suburb of 36,000 residents, located about 10
miles north of the Houston city line.