A judge has rescheduled a preliminary hearing to start Sept. 22 for a father and a son charged with committing a hate crime in Turlock.
The defendants, who are white, are accused of attacking a black woman outside a bar in late December. Eddie Taylor, 54, and Eddie Taylor II, 25, have pleaded not guilty to the charges and denied the hate crime allegations against them.
At the conclusion of the preliminary hearing, the judge will decide whether there is enough evidence for the defendants to stand trial. The hearing is estimated to last a few hours.
The defendants remain free on bail. Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Ricardo Córdova has ordered the Taylors to stay away from the woman and not to contact her.
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The judge also has told them to stay away from Staley’s Club, where the alleged crimes occurred, unless they are there assisting their attorneys in their case.