Alleged victim of hate crime a no-show at hearing

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors say the alleged victim of a hate crime in Coeur d'Alene has received threats and stopped returning their calls.

Demetrius Lee ignored a subpoena and failed to show up for 29-year-old Joel T. Diekhoff's preliminary hearing Thursday on a felony malicious harassment charge.

Diekhoff is accused of using racial slurs and threatening to beat up the 39-year-old Lee, who is black, for walking on his property in August.

Prosecutor Barry McHugh declined to comment further to the Coeur d'Alene Press until his office talks again with Lee.

Defense attorney Gary Amendola says Diekhoff has had nothing to do with any reported threats. Amendola says without a witness, there's no case.

Judge William Hamlett rescheduled the hearing to next week and ordered Diekhoff released from jail.