[Hpn] Man Says Teens Used Bats To Beat Victim

William Charles Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Thu, 23 Mar 2006 13:09:11 -0500


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Witness Accounts Released In Homeless Beatings Case
Man Says Teens Used Bats To Beat Victim

March 23, 2006

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Prosecutors have released new evidence in the =
case against three teens accused of beating several homeless men in Fort =
Lauderdale.=20

Video | Beating Caught On Tape=20

Brian Hooks and William Ammons, both 18, and 17-year-old Thomas =
Dougherty were indicted in February on murder charges in the killing of =
45-year-old Norris Gaynor and attempted murder in the beatings of =
Raymond Perez and Jacques Pierre on Jan. 12.=20

Dougherty and Hooks were quickly arrested after detectives identified =
them in a surveillance video that captured Pierre's beating.=20

But detectives had to rely on witness accounts to link the two and =
Ammons to the fatal beating of Gaynor.=20

According to evidence documents released on Wednesday, witness Anthony =
Clark told a detective that he was leaving a downtown Fort Lauderdale =
club at about 2 a.m. when he saw the three teens pummeling Gaynor with =
bats as he slept on a bench.=20

He said, "I seen the one guy with the curly hair strike the individual =
on the bench two or three times. The other guy's hair was short haircut =
so he stood out ... I just seen him standing there, but when the guy was =
hitting the guy, he was egging the guy with the long hair on."=20

Clark then described seeing a third suspect.=20

"I really couldn't tell what he had in his hand, but at the time when =
the guy was striking the individual on the bench, he pointed his hand, =
lifted his hand up like in a pointing motion," he said.=20

Fort Lauderdale police arrested Ammons and determined he shot paint =
balls at Gaynor as he died.=20

In another interview, 16-year-old Joseph Griffith said that he was =
riding in the back seat of the car that Ammons was driving on Jan. 12 =
when they made their first stop at Florida Atlantic University's =
downtown campus.=20

Griffith said his friends used wooden bats on Pierre and said, "They =
just ran up to him. Tom had just started hitting him and then that guy =
grabbed Tom and then Brian just helped Tom out. That's where he hit him, =
to get him off Tom."=20

Dougherty, Hooks and Ammons have pleaded not guilty to the charges =
against them. NBC 6's Amara Sohn reported that a judge is expected to =
set a trial date by the end of March.=20

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<P></P>Brian Hooks and William Ammons, both 18, and 17-year-old Thomas =
Dougherty=20
were indicted in February on murder charges in the killing of =
45-year-old Norris=20
Gaynor and attempted murder in the beatings of Raymond Perez and Jacques =
Pierre=20
on Jan. 12.=20
<P></P>Dougherty and Hooks were quickly arrested after detectives =
identified=20
them in a surveillance video that captured Pierre's beating.=20
<P></P>But detectives had to rely on witness accounts to link the two =
and Ammons=20
to the fatal beating of Gaynor.=20
<P></P>According to evidence documents released on Wednesday, witness =
Anthony=20
Clark told a detective that he was leaving a downtown Fort Lauderdale =
club at=20
about 2 a.m. when he saw the three teens pummeling Gaynor with bats as =
he slept=20
on a bench.=20
<P></P>He said, "I seen the one guy with the curly hair strike the =
individual on=20
the bench two or three times. The other guy's hair was short haircut so =
he stood=20
out ... I just seen him standing there, but when the guy was hitting the =
guy, he=20
was egging the guy with the long hair on."=20
<P></P>Clark then described seeing a third suspect.=20
<P></P>"I really couldn't tell what he had in his hand, but at the time =
when the=20
guy was striking the individual on the bench, he pointed his hand, =
lifted his=20
hand up like in a pointing motion," he said.=20
<P></P>Fort Lauderdale police arrested Ammons and determined he shot =
paint balls=20
at Gaynor as he died.=20
<P></P>In another interview, 16-year-old Joseph Griffith said that he =
was riding=20
in the back seat of the car that Ammons was driving on Jan. 12 when they =
made=20
their first stop at Florida Atlantic University's downtown campus.=20
<P></P>Griffith said his friends used wooden bats on Pierre and said, =
"They just=20
ran up to him. Tom had just started hitting him and then that guy =
grabbed Tom=20
and then Brian just helped Tom out. That's where he hit him, to get him =
off=20
Tom."=20
<P></P>Dougherty, Hooks and Ammons have pleaded not guilty to the =
charges=20
against them. NBC 6's Amara Sohn reported that a judge is expected to =
set a=20
trial date by the end of March.=20
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