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.

Teenage burn victim released from hospital

MIAMI, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A 15-year-old Florida boy is out of the hospital for a second time in the wake of suffering severe burns in a 2009 attack, his mother says.

Burned Florida boy suffers relapse

MIAMI, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A Florida youth doused with rubbing alcohol and set ablaze by teen attackers last year is back in the hospital, officials said.

Torched Florida teen out of hospital

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Michael Brewer, the teenage Florida boy set ablaze by schoolmates, was discharged from the hospital Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Lawyer wants texts in burning attack case

MIAMI, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The lawyer for the Florida teens accused in the alcohol-fueled fire attack on Michael Brewer says he wants to see text messages possibly sent by a witness.

Teen burned over $40 video game

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A Deerfield Beach, Fla., teenager was doused with rubbing alcohol and burned because he allegedly owed one of the suspects $40, witnesses said.

Burn victim able to speak with police

MIAMI, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A teenager severely burned in an Oct. 12 attack has recovered enough to give his first official account of the assault, Deerfield Beach, Fla., police said.

Fundraiser to aid victim of burning crime

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A Florida fundraiser to benefit a 15-year-old burn attack victim netted about $50,000 and boosted the family's spirits, the boy's mother said.

3 teens plead innocent in burning of boy

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Three Florida teenagers accused of setting fire to a 15-year-old boy pleaded innocent Thursday to attempted second-degree murder.

Suspects' mom apologizes to burn victim

MIAMI, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The mother of two Florida boys accused of setting a teenager ablaze apologized to the victim, who is in a hospital bed with burns over 65 percent of his body.

Prognosis grim for teen burned by peers

MIAMI, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Burn Center doctors say the prognosis is grim for a 15-year-old boy whose schoolmates allegedly set him afire.
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