Trial ordered in assault on elderly PA Mennonites

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 6, 2013 7:25 AM

(Ephrata) -- A man has been ordered to trial on charges of robbing and assaulting three elderly Mennonite sisters last year in central Pennsylvania in what police called a hate crime.

Twenty-two-year-old Dereck Taylor Holt waived a preliminary hearing yesterday in Lancaster County on almost two dozen charges including felony aggravated assault, robbery, unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment and felony ethnic intimidation.

Holt appeared in the Ephrata courtroom to sign paperwork but said nothing.

The sisters, who range in age from 84 to 90, were not present.

Authorities allege that Holt punched, kicked and shocked the victims with a stun gun and vandalized their Clay Township home Dec. 14 while railing against their religion and damaging their Bible.

The victims were hospitalized after the attack.

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