No Decision Yet On Council Grove Fire, Burning Case

By: AP, Posted by Josh Mabry
By: AP, Posted by Josh Mabry

COUNCIL GROVE, Kan. (AP) _ The lawyer for a 23-year-old Kansas
man accused of dousing a black man with rubbing alcohol and setting
him on fire says he doubts the crime constitutes a federal hate
crime.

Fifty-four-year-old Sterling Law suffered second-degree burns to
his stomach and upper legs during the Oct. 7 attack at his home in
Council Grove, about 65 miles southwest of the Kansas capital of
Topeka.

The U.S. attorney's office in Kansas has been reviewing the case
to determine if the crime is racially motivated, triggering federal
hate crime charges.

Isaac Wilson faces Morris County charges, including aggravated
assault and aggravated burglary. His lawyer, Don Krueger, told The
Emporia Gazette (http://bit.ly/sLroTF ) that he ``seriously
doubts'' his client committed a hate crime.

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Information from: The Emporia Gazette,
http://www.emporiagazette.com/

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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