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Judge orders burn victim to write 500-word essay

PALM BEACH, Fla., July 18 (UPI) -- A Florida judge ordered a burn victim to write a 500-word essay after the teen, who was burned by classmates in 2009, failed to show up in court.

Woman commits suicide during rape trial

LONDON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A British woman committed suicide after testifying against a world-renowned choirmaster she said raped her, officials said.

Conviction upheld in teen burning case

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A Florida judge upheld an aggravated battery conviction against a Florida teenager who set another teen afire.

Jury misconduct may prompt new trial

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A retrial may be held in the case of a Florida teenager who was doused with alcohol and set ablaze surrounded by schoolmates, a judge has decided.

Judge weighs new trial for teen burning

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A Florida judge was set to hear a defense attorney's argument that his client deserves a new trial in the brutal burning of a middle school classmate.

Bent convicted in Michael Brewer burning

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 20 (UPI) -- Matthew Bent Wednesday faced a possible 15 years in prison for his role in the burning of Michael Brewer, the Florida teen who almost died in a 2009 attack.

Teen describes being set on fire

FORT LAUNDERDALE, Fla., June 15 (UPI) -- The trial of a Florida teenager charged with attempted murder for allegedly setting another boy on fire was halted Friday because of broken air conditioning.

Teen prosecuted for attempted murder

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 13 (UPI) -- A witness says a teenager charged with attempted murder ordered a friend to pour rubbing alcohol on another boy, which lawyers argued led to the boy's burns.

Burning trial of Fla. teen to begin

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 12 (UPI) -- Prosecutors say they concede a Florida teenager accused in the burning of another teen never set the victim on fire nor asked others to do so.

Defendant says drug debt led to burning

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 14 (UPI) -- The alleged ringleader in setting a Florida boy ablaze said the fire was set because the boy owed a drug debt to another boy charged in the attack.

Trial delayed for teen competency hearing

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- A Florida judge delayed jury selection Monday in the trial of a teenager accused of instigating an attack in which another teenager was set on fire.

Interrogation released of convicted teen

DEERFIELD BEECH, Fla., March 6 (UPI) -- Pre-trial interrogation videos have been released of Jesus Mendez, sentenced last month for setting fire to Michael Brewer in a Florida parking lot.

Two Florida teens sentenced for burning schoolmate

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Two Florida teenagers have been sentenced to prison for setting a schoolmate on fire.

Teenage burn victim to return to school

NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- Michael Brewer says he's returning to school seven months after classmates allegedly doused him with alcohol and set him on fire in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

No charges for youngest in burning attack

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The deadline has passed for charging a 13-year-old Florida boy in the attack on Michael Brewer who was doused with alcohol and set on fire, a prosecutor said.
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