Durbin Admits To Beating Gay Man
Posted on May 21, 2009
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WHEELING — James Durbin 38, told Judge Arthur Recht that he beat a 40-year old gay man in the streets of Wheeling. The victim tells 7 News that he called him a faggot just before the brutal beating that left the victim hospitalized with more than 20 stitches, a broken nose and swollen, blood filled eyes.
Police officers who responded to the beating were prepared to testify that they saw Durbin beating the man. However, Durbin’s attorney said there would be no need for the testimony because his client admits to beating the victim while he was out on bond for domestic violence charges.
Durbin allegedly bit his father’s shoulder and allegedly punched his stepmother earlier this year. Judge Recht says the beating violated his terms of bond and he ordered Durbin held in the Northern Regional Jail without bond on all of the charges against him.
Ohio County Prosecutor Shawn Turak says that if Durbin is found guilty on all of the charges he could face life in prison. Prosecutors can not charge him with a hate crime under West Virginia law.
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