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UPDATE: Suspects in possible hate crime beating appear in court

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UPDATE: Three suspects charged in a possible hate crime appeared before Judge Gary Starnes Friday morning.

Damonte Battle, Logan Odom, and Christopher Woodard Jr., all 18 years old, have been charged with aggravated assault.  Police say they attacked Terrance Eberhardt, 19, on Dodson Avenue last month while shouting gay slurs.  The victim suffered a shattered jaw in the attack.

On Friday, the suspects announced their choices for attorneys and signed away their right to a preliminary hearing within 10 days of an arrest.  Their next court date is set for October 31.  A defense attorney for one of the suspects said there are two sides to the story and social media will play a big role in the case.  Jail records show Odom is the only one in the trio to make bond.

The victim was also in court and spoke with Channel 3.  He said he still has about three weeks left of recovery.  

During our interview, a man yelled “quit lying” the Eberhardt and a confrontation ensued. Court officers raced out of the courtroom to yelling and arguing in the hallways and had to separate the families before it escalated.

UPDATE: Chattanooga Police have released the names of the three suspects in a possible hate crime.

18-year-old Damonte Battle, 18-year-old Logan Odom and 18-year-old Christopher Woodard Jr. have been charged with aggravated assault. 

The investigation is ongoing.

PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga police tell Channel 3 that all three identified suspects have been arrested in a possible hate crime.

Suspect information will be released when it becomes available. 

PREVIOUS STORY: Warrants have been issued on three assailants, police say were involved in an apparent hate crime, over the weekend.

Chattanooga Police say they were called to a local hospital early Sunday morning for an assault victim who had suffered a shattered jaw.

The victim told police four people attacked him simultaneously while shouting gay slurs.  The victim was struck in the face with a handgun during the attack.

The victim was able to identify three of the four suspects.  If you have any information on this crime, call Chattanooga Police.

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