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Victim in hate crime trial says attack ruined his life

Posted at 9:04 PM, Feb 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-16 23:04:58-05

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A car repair shop owner in Salt Lake City has spoken publicly for the first time about an attack against him, his brother and his son by a man with a metal rod who has been charged with hate crimes.

Jose Lopez testified about the attack Thursday at the opening of the trial against Alan Dale Covington. He says Covington screamed that he wanted to kill a Mexcian.

Lopez says the November 2018 attack at his shop in Salt Lake City has destroyed his life.

Covington has pleaded not guilty to federal hate crimes charges and his attorney says he suffers from delusions.