PARIS, TX - Three men have been charged with a hate crime in the brutal beating of a gay man at a party last month in Lamar County.
Reno Police say 33-year-old Daniel Martin, 32-year-old James Laster, III, and 25-year-old Mickey Joe Smith attacked 26-year-old Burke Burnett at a private party on October 30th.
Three days later the men were arrested on assault charges. Yesterday a grand jury upped those charges to reflect a hate crime had occurred.
Burnett claimed after the incident the men attacked him because he is gay.