By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
The cases of both a father and son arrested for allegedly beating a man will have preliminary hearings in June.
Thursday, District Judge Clint Peterson heard from attorneys for Alexander Avila-Ortiz, 20, and his father, Eliseo Avilia, who both appeared in court for a scheduling.
Avila’s attorney, Nathan McCaffrey, said his client has requested the services of attorney Clint Floyd for his case. McCaffrey also requested a status conference for Avila prior to the June 16 hearing.
Avila-Ortiz remains in custody at the Seward County Jail, and an attorney representing him requested a motion to set bond for his case.
None of the requests have been granted as of this time.
Avila and Avila-Ortiz were arrested March 29 for allegedly beating Anthony Martinez Jr., 20, during an altercation in the 100 block of West Hickory in Liberal.
According to a statement from Liberal Police Capt. Patrick McClurg, both father and son, “beat the man with an object causing severe head injuries.” McClurg added “The man was later transferred to Wichita with life threatening injuries.”
When arrested, both father and son were charged with attempted murder, but Seward County District Attorney Don Scott said if Martinez died, the charges would be changed to second degree murder.
On April 12, a spokesman for Wesley Medical Center in Wichita said Martinez was in fair condition. He has been under hospital protection since he was admitted in March.