Florida teen who allegedly set classmate on fire on trial
Matthew Bent, 17, is charged with attempted second degree murder in the infamous burning of Michael Brewer in 2009. Prosecutors say Bent persuaded two other teens to pour alcohol on Brewer and set him on fire. The case drew national attention for its astonishing cruelty and because Brewer survived the attack, after five months in the hospital.
As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the prosecution had called two witnesses to the stand: Tyler Hand, who was 11 when the incident happened, and his brother, Brandon Hand, who was 12 at the time. Both boys witnessed parts of the assault on Brewer and both were at the Brewer house the day before, when Bent came over and allegedly tried to steal a bicycle.
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