Victim Burke Burnett Speaks Out As Another Suspect Is Arrested In Brutal TX Gay-Bashing

Micky Joe Smith, 25, has been arrested for his part in the brutal attack last weekend on gay man Burke Burnett in Reno Texas. Smith joins James “Tray” Mitchell, 31, and Daniel Martin, 33, whom we reported had already been arrested for their part in the assault. The three men stand accused of attacking Burnett at a party late Saturday night, when he was punched, repeatedly stabbed and thrown onto a lit trashcan. (An alleged fourth attacker has yet to be accounted for.)

The charges facing them—aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury—are second-degree felonies but could be compounded with hate-crime charges, depending on the decision of a grand jury. If so, they would become first-degree felonies and the men could face anywhere from 5 to 99 years in prison.

In the clip above, Burnett discusses the attack and says he’s focusing on recovering from his wounds, not what punishment his assailants should receive. “I haven’t prayed enough… to know exactly what I want done to these people. But it’s not my job to decide what justice for these guys is,” he said.

We have a few ideas on that front, Burke.