SALT LAKE CITY — A coalition of Salt Lake City media organizations is fighting to keep court hearings open in the case of the 17-year-old charged in the death of a Utah soccer referee.
The teenager was charged last week with homicide by assault, a count issued when an attack unintentionally causes death. Prosecutors want to try him as an adult.
The referee, Ricardo Portillo, 46, died May 4 after a weeklong coma. Police said the teen punched him once in the head after Portillo called on a foul on him in a recreational league soccer game.