The upcoming trial for four men accused of attacking a gay couple in 2018 after the closing festivities of Miami Beach Pride has been postponed until May.

On Thursday, Jan. 30 the circuit court held a status conference in Miami on the matter. The case was continued until May 5. 

The four defendants — Adonis Diaz, Juan Carlos Lopez, Luis Alonso Piovet, and Pablo Reinaldo Romo-Figueroa — all in their early 20s, have pled not guilty. 

The trial was supposed to start  Feb. 10 and before that Jan. 21. 

As the trial continues to be delayed one of the victims is growing increasingly frustrated. 

“I am so tired of it,” Dmitry Logunov said. “I want it to be over.”  

Heres a recap of what allegedly happened: the attack took place when Rene Chalarca and Logunov were leaving a public bathroom in Lummus Park in Miami Beach on April 8, 2018.  

We were walking and holding hands and needed to use the bathroom,” Logunov told SFGN in 2018. So the two of them stopped at public restroom as they headed home for the evening. 

As Logunov walked out of the restroom he was allegedly called a “faggot” in Spanish, punched, and then beaten unconscious. His boyfriend at the time, Chalarca, quickly intervened, but three more men jumped in and began to attack them both.

This was my first time going to a gay parade,” Chalarca said in 2018. Physically theyve both recovered. 

The attack was caught on camera and the four suspects have been charged with three counts of aggravated battery and a hate crime enhancement was added to the charges.

 

 

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