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Pastor Josh Noblitt Is Sad His 13-Year-Old Suspected Assailant Will Be Tried As An Adult. But He Did Pull a Gun

The six teens accused of assaulting Pastor Josh Noblitt (pictured) and his boyfriend while they were picnicking July 2 in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park will all be tried as adults, despite four being juveniles, and face “bias crimes,” which should go a long way in convincing prosecutors to use the federal Matthew Shepard Act to treat the incident as a hate crime based on sexual orientation, for which Georgia has no state law.

The youngest suspect is 13, which Noblitt calls “heartbreaking.” According to Noblitt, the suspects approached the couple and asked, “Are y’all gay? Two men laying on a blanket. We ought to beat y’all for that.” They proceeded to rob the couple at gunpoint.

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