Texan indicted in alleged 'knockout' hate crime

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

HOUSTON (AP) - A white Houston-area man accused of a vicious "knockout" game has been indicted in an attack that injured a 79-year-old black man.

A federal grand jury in Houston on Thursday indicted 27-year-old Conrad Alvin Barrett of Katy on a hate crimes count.

Investigators say Barrett on Nov. 24 slugged the victim and broke his jaw, which required surgery, in an attack in Katy. Barrett allegedly laughed and said "knockout" before fleeing. Barrett allegedly recorded some of the attack on cellphone and showed the video to others, plus shared recordings.

Barrett was arrested Dec. 26 and remains in custody pending a court hearing next week.

Defense attorney George Parnham on Thursday didn't immediately return a message for comment. Parnham previously said Barrett has a bipolar disorder and was off his medication.

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