The upcoming trial for four men accused of attacking a gay couple last year after the closing festivities of Miami Beach Pride has been postponed – again.
On the morning of Thursday, Nov. 7 the circuit court held a status conference in Miami on the matter. The case was continued until January.
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 new trial date is set for Jan. 21. The trial was supposed to start Nov. 18. The trial has now been continued several times.
Here’s a recap of what allegedly happened: the attack took place when Rene Chalarca and Dmitry 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 last year. 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 last year. Physically they’ve 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.
Dennis Gonzalez Jr., the attorney for the four men, has in the past declined to comment to SFGN about the ongoing case. However, one of the accused, Juan Lopez, wrote in February in Facebook post, “False hate crime claims ain’t a joke. I know first hand!”
Last year though Gonzalez publicly defended his clients.
“All four of my clients condemn acts of violence toward anyone whether it’s motivated by hate toward the gay community, toward nationality or anything of that nature,”“They come out and condemn that. We don’t believe there was any type of animus toward the gay community.”
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