Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Attorney: Teen to admit to defacing monument

By Desiree Hunter
The Associated Press

A lawyer for one of three white teens accused of defacing a Confederate monument at the state Capitol said his client will admit to the vandalism, which he said was done as a statement against slavery.

The three males, who were all 17 at the time of the crime, are scheduled to go to trial in juvenile court April 10. They were charged with first-degree criminal mischief and their names have not been released because of their age.

Montgomery attorney Richard Keith said his client is avoiding a trial by admitting to his role in the incident and is remorseful about what happened.

"He's remorseful because he did something stupid and wished it hadn't happened and he's sorry about it," Keith said Thursday. "He understands there's a more productive way to express your opinion on certain issues."

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