RICHMOND (CBS SF) — Two males accused of attacking a Sikh resident in Richmond have been ordered to face trial after a preliminary listening to that completed up Tuesday morning, a Contra Costa County deputy district lawyer stated.
Bail for Texas residents Chase Little and Colton Leblanc, who’re accused of beating Maan Singh Khalsa and attacking him with a knife final Sept. 25, was elevated to $250,000 within the listening to in Richmond, Deputy District Lawyer Simon O’Connell stated.
Each males have been charged in October with assault and assault with a lethal weapon, with prosecutors including the enhancements of a hate crime and infliction of nice bodily damage. The co-defendants will return to courtroom on Might 18, O’Connell stated.
In the course of the assault, the lads allegedly pressured Khalsa’s head down, knocked off his turban and minimize his hair, in accordance with the district lawyer’s workplace.
Khalsa testified in courtroom Monday, O’Connell stated. A person who was in a pickup truck with the defendants on the time, however didn’t take part within the assault, additionally testified, amongst others, O’Connell stated.
Little and Leblanc allegedly attacked Khalsa round 9 p.m. when he was stopped at a purple mild close to the Hilltop Mall in Richmond on his approach house from work.
The 2 have been within the pickup truck together with three different individuals when it pulled up subsequent to Khalsa and somebody from the truck started throwing beer cans at Khalsa’s automotive, based on the district lawyer’s workplace.
Khalsa referred to as 911, however on the subsequent stoplight, Leblanc and Little jumped out of the truck, ran to Khalsa’s automotive, and commenced punching him by means of the open window. They knocked his turban off, grabbed him by the hair and, whereas yelling obscenities, reduce his hair with a knife, in line with prosecutors.
The assault left Khalsa with a battered and bruised face, a number of broken tooth and a critical knife wound to his hand requiring amputation of his pinky finger, prosecutors stated.