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May 4 court date for men accused in racially motivated assault

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news Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

A contested omnibus hearing has been set for 9 a.m. on May 4 for the two men accused of the Feb. 6 assault on Brainerd resident Willie Navy in downtown Brainerd. 

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Lucas Eastwood, 27, Backus, and Travis Campbell, 29, Pequot Lakes, appeared for omnibus hearings Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court. 

Eastwood faces charges of felony first-degree assault, felony kidnapping to facilitate a felony or flight, felony third-degree assault and gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault motivated by bias. 

Campbell faces charges of felony first-degree assault, felony third-degree assault, gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault motivated by bias and felony probation stemming from a previous conviction. 

The attack on Navy happened about 1:20 a.m. on Feb. 6 in front of Thrifty White Pharmacy, 800 Laurel St. Navy, Eastwood and Campbell, had earlier been at Yesterday’s Gone, a nearby bar.

According to court documents, an employee at Yesterday’s Gone told police Eastwood had wanted to fight Navy in the bar because Navy was black.

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