16-year-old arraigned in beating of Steve Utash Saturday, charged with assault, ethnic intimidation

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A 16-year-old boy was arraigned today at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center in the brutal beating of Steve Utash.

The boy was charged with intent to do great bodily harm and ethnic intimidation. He is currently being held at the juvenile detention center.

He is the fifth person arrested and accused of taking part in the gruesome beating of 54-year-old Utash, after he accidentally hit a 10-year-old boy with his car, and then stopping to help.

Utash had been in critical condition, in a drug induced coma until yesterday, when his son and daughter tell us he is off a ventilator and breathing on his own.

Prosecutor's allege the 16-year-old was high on marijuana at the time of the crime, and believe he was one of the initiators and one of the first to assault Utash.

Prosecutor's also say they believe there is enough evidence that the 16-year-old's part in the beating was racially motivated.

His bond was set at $400,000, and he will be back in court on April 17. The other suspects are supposed to be back in court for their preliminary trial on April 21.

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