A Macomb County man beaten by an angry mob in Detroit is awake and talking, after lying silent in a medically-induced coma for about a week.
Steven Utashs family says he is off a ventilator and is able to breathe on his own, but his recovery is just beginning. In a statement, the family says it seems Utash is having flashbacks to the assault and that he sometimes has a hard time recognizing his loved ones.
So far, five people have been charged in Utash's beating which police said took place when the 54-year-old Clinton Township man stopped to help a child he hit with his pickup truck.
In court proceedings Friday, a not-guilty plea was entered for 19-year-old Latrez Cummings, charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm in the case.
Seventeen-year-old Bruce Wimbush Jr., 30-year-old Wonzey Saffold, and 24-year-old James Davis were arraigned earlier this week on the same charges and are being held in the county jail on $500,000 bonds. Theyll be back in court on April 21.
A 16-year-old suspect, charged a juvenile with assault and ethnic intimidation, faces a hearing on Saturday.
Utash has no medical insurance, and his family has set up an online fundraiser to help pay for medical bills. More than $150,000 has been raised.