OAKLAND, Calif.: California teen in bus attack ordered to trial | State News | FresnoBee.com
OAKLAND, Calif. — A Northern
California teenager accused of setting the clothing of a gender-neutral
teen on fire on a transit bus has been ordered to trial.
Thomas was ordered to stand trial on aggravated mayhem, assault and hate
crime charges in an Alameda County courtroom on Thursday.
16-year-old boy from Oakland faces a possible life sentence if he's
convicted in the Nov. 4 attack on 18-year-old Sasha Fleischman, who
identifies as neither male nor female.
Thomas' attorney, William
DuBois says Thomas waived his right to a preliminary hearing in part to
avoid having bus surveillance video of the incident to be played in
court before a trial.
Du Bois says homophobia played no role in
the bus incident, which he characterizes as an ill-conceived prank gone
No trial date has been set