Judge in teen burning case steps aside

3:22 PM, Jul 30, 2012   |    comments
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The judge presiding over the case of a Florida teenager set on fire by middle school classmates has stepped aside from the case.

Defense attorneys asked Broward Circuit Judge Michael Robinson to recuse himself, and he did so last week. It wasn't immediately clear why on Monday, but now the case has been assigned to a different judge.

Robinson had been planning next month to interview jurors who convicted 17-year-old Matthew Bent of aggravated battery in the 2009 attack on Michael Brewer. Brewer was doused with alcohol and set on fire.

One juror had complained about possible misconduct during deliberations and said she didn't understand the judge's instructions.

Two other teenagers pleaded no contest to attempted murder charges and are serving prison sentences. Bent has not yet been sentenced.

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