Trial ordered for brutal bat attack

A judge has ruled a young Michigan man and his friend should stand trial for a baseball bat attack that left his father dead, and mother and a brother injured.

Tucker Cipriano, 19, and Mitchell Young, 20, allegedly killed Robert Cipriano, 52, in the April 16 attack at the Ciprianos’ Farmington Hills home, the Detroit Free Press reported. They also are charged with brutally assaulting Cipriano’s mother Rose and one younger brother, Salvatore. Salvatore, 17, remains hospitalized, while Rose, 51, is in a rehabilitation center.

Salvatore’s twin, Tanner Cipriano, and a sister, Isabella Cipriano, 8, were not physically injured in the attack.

District Judge Marla Parker issued her ruling on the charges Friday after a two-day hearing in Oakland County.

Tucker Cipriano, wearing a jail uniform, cried when a medical examiner testified about his father’s injuries. Dr. Reuben Ortiz-Reyes said Robert Cipriano was hit hard on the head and blood drained from his brain into his lungs.

“He drowned in his own blood,” Ortiz-Reyes said.

Police reports said Cipriano and Young smoked the synthetic marijuana known as K2 shortly before the attack, The Detroit News reported. Mitchell Ribitwer, Cipriano’s lawyer, said he might use his client’s habitual drug use as a defense.

Defense lawyers plan to ask for separate trials, the Free Press said.

Copyright 2012 by United Press International

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