HOUSTON, TX – The whole country is watching as a Federal court defines hate.
27-year-old Conrad Barrett made his first appearance in Houston federal court Monday.
During a brief arraignment hearing, Barrett pleaded “not guilty” to a Federal hate crime charge.
Back in December, investigators say Barrett used his cell phone to record himself punching a 79-year-old black man as part of a “knockout game.” They say he laughed and shouted “knockout” as the man fell to the ground.
Barrett’s attorney is claiming his client suffers from bi-polar disorder, and was off his medication at the time of the video.
He remains in custody until his trial on March 10th.
Whether you’re on or off your meds; it’s hard to accept any excuse for doing something so hateful.