Couple Pleads Not Guilty In Beating of Immigrant at Tahoe Beach

Joseph Frank Silva and his wife, Georgia Ruth Silva, were charged in El Dorado County Superior Court with misdemeanor hate crime charges after the July 14th attack left a man with broken bones in his face.

The victim is described as a San Francisco executive in his mid-30s. His attorney says the man is a U-S citizen who immigrated from India. His name has not been released.

The fight broke out at a beach when the Silvas shouted racial slurs at the man's fiancee and her cousin, who also are of East Indian heritage.

When the man confronted them, the Silvas knocked him down and kicked him the face, O'Hara said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September sixth.


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