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Oct 24, 2012 6:00 PM

Eastern Kentucky Hate Crimes Case Goes To Jury

LONDON (AP) - Prosecutors in a federal hate crimes trial have called on jurors to convict two eastern Kentucky men of attacking a gay man because of his sexual orientation.

The judge was instructing jurors Wednesday afternoon.

In closing arguments earlier in the day, Assistant U.S. Attorney Hydee Hawkins said Anthony Ray Jenkins of Partridge and his cousin, David Jason Jenkins of Cumberland, used anti-gay slurs while kicking, beating and stomping on 29-year-old Kevin Pennington at a rural state park last year.

Attorney Willis Coffey, who represents Anthony Jenkins, said the allegations are "the nearest thing to nothing I have ever seen."

Prosecutors say the trial is the first of its kind under a law passed in 2009.

Defense attorneys acknowledge the men fought, but say it was over drugs.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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