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No bail for man held in alleged hate crime

January 20, 2011

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A hate crime suspect was ordered held without bail in a Suffolk courtroom yesterday on charges that he punched and kicked two women in their 40s after he spotted them holding hands last week in the South End, authorities said. Prosecutors allege that William Braxton, 50, who claims residency at a homeless shelter in Chinatown, shouted gay slurs while he attacked the women last Thursday evening in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Washington Street, according to the Suffolk district attorney’s office. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf last Friday on charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and violating a person’s civil rights.