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Prosecutor in Kootenai County plans 3rd trial in hate crime case

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Kootenai County authorities have decided to retry, for a third time, two brothers accused of a hate crime. Prosecutor Barry McHugh says his office will retry Frank J. Tankovich and William M. Tankovich on charges of conspiracy to commit malicious harassment and malicious harassment.

The brothers were charged after an altercation on Aug. 16 outside the Coeur d'Alene home of Kenneth Requena, who is Puerto Rican.

The new trial has been scheduled for June 21 before 1st District Judge John Luster. A third brother, Ira Tankovich, was found guilty on April 19 of conspiracy to disturb the peace. The jury could not reach a verdict in the charges against the other two. The first trial ended in a mistrial.

 

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