Two Orem men pleaded not guilty Friday in 4th District Court to several charges stemming from two beating incidents in Orem that police believe were racially motivated.
Lewis N. Ivie, 20, and Travis B. Martin, 21, are both charged with two counts of aggravated assault, third-degree felonies, and driving under the influence of alcohol, class B misdemeanors. Martin is also charged with giving false information to a police officer, a class C misdemeanor.Ivie and Martin are accused of beating a Polynesian man at a north Orem convenience store on Jan. 12 and then beating a Mexican man in front of his home later the same day. The two allegedly followed the man and his wife home from the same convenience store and attacked the man in his driveway.
Federal authorities are investigating the case to determine if enough evidence exists to file federal charges against the two for civil rights violations.
Martin's trial is set to begin Feb. 13 in front of Judge George E. Ballif. Ivie's trial is set to begin Feb. 27 and will also be before Ballif.