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Closing arguments expected in federal hate crime trial

LONDON, Ky. (AP) - The federal hate crimes trial of two eastern Kentucky men could soon be in the hands of a jury.

Closing arguments were expected to begin Wednesday afternoon in federal court in London in the case of Anthony Ray Jenkins of Partridge, and his cousin, David Jason Jenkins of Cumberland. The two are charged with kidnapping, assault and violating the federal hate crimes law.

Prosecutors say the trial is the first of its kind under a law passed in 2009.

Prosecutors say they beat 29-year-old Kevin Pennington at Kingdom Come State Park in Harlan County in April 2011 because of his sexual orientation.

Defense attorneys for the two men have said a fight happened between Pennington and the two men, but it was over a drug deal gone sour.

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