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Victim in hate crime trial says attack ruined his life

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — During a hate crime trial, a car repair shop owner in Utah has spoken publicly for the first time about an attack against him, his brother and his son by a man with a metal rod. The man has since been charged with hate crimes.  

Jose Lopez testified about the attack Thursday at the opening of the hate crime trial against Alan Dale Covington. He says Covington screamed that he wanted to kill a Mexican.

Lopez says the November 2018 attack at his shop in Salt Lake City has destroyed his life. Covington has pleaded not guilty to federal hate crimes charges and his attorney says he suffers from delusions.