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Updated Sep 23, 2013 - 5:05 pm

2 plead not guilty in elevator beating of student

PHOENIX — Two men have pleaded not guilty in connection with the beating
of an Arizona State University student in Tempe while the third suspect failed
to show up at the arraignment.

The student suffered a broken jaw and facial fractures in the Sept. 2 beating
in an elevator at an off-campus apartment complex.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 19-year-old Kiernan Daniel Bates on Monday
pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and unlawful imprisonment and
19-year-old Harsimrandeep Singh Bhatti pleaded not guilty to unlawful

But 21-year-old Joshua Drew James was a no-show in court.

Authorities say the victim was an uninvited guest at Bates’ apartment and the
three men were trying to get him to leave.

James and Bhatti are accused of forcing the victim against his will inside an


Information from: The Arizona Republic,


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