Trial set for six defendants from St. Patrick's Day assault

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - The six individuals charged with the assault of a black man in downtown Greenville on St. Patrick's Day in 2016 had a trial date set Tuesday.

Christopher Hill, 22; Theresa Lee, 25; Mack Humbles, 26; Mark Privette, 33; Jesse Wilbourn, 22; and Chase Montanye, 19 had a trial date set for Aug. 1 in Pitt County Superior Court. That date could change to a settlement conference if a plea deal is reached.

All of the suspects face charges of assault inflicting serious injury in connection to the March 17, 2016 beating of Patrick Myrick that started outside Club 519 and continued onto East Carolina's campus. The attack began when Myrick allegedly struck a woman outside the club and ended when ECU Police Sgt. Ralph Whitehurst handcuffed a beaten and bloodied Myrick.

Whitehurst was later fired in connection with his actions.

The case sparked racial upset in the Greenville community, with the Pitt County Coalition Against Racism pushing back against District Attorney Kimberly Robb's decision not to release camera footage of the incident taken from nearby businesses.

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