MIAMI (WSVN) - A man appeared before a jury for the second day of proceedings after being accused of a brutal beating on the MetroMover in Miami.
The attack happened last September which resulted in the victim, 73-year-old Eric Fernandez, being hospitalized.
Fernandez, as well as the emergency room doctor who treated him, took the stand to share their testimonies on Wednesday.
The man accused of carrying out the attack, Robert Ribbs, was also in court.
Fernandez said since the attack, he has suffered from memory loss and has constant headaches. The attack left him hospitalized for six days.
“We scanned his head and found that he had multiple facial fractures on the left side of his face,” the ER doctor said. “He had some fractures in the bones behind his eye, and he also had a skull fracture, and he had some bruising and bleeding inside his brain.”
Ribbs will not take the stand on Wednesday.
His attorney argued that the attack was in self-defense.
“Detective Fernandez told me that Mr. Ribbs told him that a man called him the N-word, told him that Black lives don’t matter, and threatened to shoot him. That’s the testimony of Detective Fernandez on that stand,” he said. “The judge will also tell you can defend yourself if you’re threatened.”
Ribbs faces charges of strong arm robbery and battery of a person 65 years or older.
Court will resume Thursday morning.
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