Reno, Texas Police Chief Jeff W. Sugg announced the arrest of Daniel Martin and James “Tray” Mitchell Lasiter, two of the four men accused of punching, stabbing and setting 27-year-old Burke Burnett on fire. But the police won’t file hate crime charges even though Burnett’s attackers allegedly called him a “pussy-ass faggot” and a “cocksucking punk.”
Martin and Lasiter have been charged with “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, causing serious bodily injury”, a first-degree felony that could snag them five to 99 years in prison. However, the police will probably not file hate crime charges because Texas’ hate crime law does nothing to enhance the punishments of a first-degree felony‚ it merely adds an extra burden of proof on prosecutors during trial.
The investigation is ongoing.