A Broward Circuit Court judge says he will decide on Tuesday whether to allow a new trial for one of the Florida teenagers convicted of dousing a middle school classmate with alcohol and setting him on fire.
Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry, who took up the Matthew Bent case in July, heard arguments on both sides Thursday.
Bent, 18, was convicted in June of aggravated battery in the 2009 attack on Michael Brewer, who was then 15. Brewer survived but suffered severe burns.
Bent and Brewer's family were present at Thursday's hearing along with prosecutors and attorneys, though Brewer was not.
Bent faces up to 15 years in prison. His sentencing was delayed because the trial judge stepped aside following controversy involving a juror. Bent's attorneys want a new trial but there are legal complications to be sorted out first.
Two other teenagers pleaded no contest for their roles in the attack and are in prison.