CLEVELAND (AP) — A detective who investigated Amish beard- and hair-cutting attacks in Ohio says a suspect admitted involvement and said he would have cut more beards if he had known he was going to be caught.
The testimony Wednesday came from Holmes County Detective Joe Mullet in Cleveland federal court. He says one of the 16 defendants, Levi Miller, admitted being sorry because he had been involved and because he was caught.
The 16 Amish are charged in the attacks last year in northeast Ohio. The defense has portrayed it as internal church discipline.
The government calls the attacks religion-based hate crimes meant to humiliate Amish who cite Scripture in keeping beards after they are married and, for women, growing their hair long.