Dickerson enters plea in "wrong neighborhood" attack
BATON ROUGE - The man accused of attacking a family at a gas station earlier this year pleaded not guilty today to the charges against him.
Donald Dickerson entered the plea this morning during an arraignment over charges of second degree battery and failure to register as a sex offender.
Police arrested Dickerson in May after they say he attacked a family on Scenic Hwy. He reportedly told the victims, who were white, that they were "in the wrong neighborhood."
Last month prosecutors decided not to pursue hate crime charges in the case.
The incident was Dickerson's latest run-in with the law. He had recently been released from prison for purse snatching, carnal knowledge of a juvenile and armed robbery.
The District Attorney's office plans to try Dickerson as a habitual offender. If convicted, he could serve a life sentence.