“That’s why someone made that remark,’’ he said.
Another juror said she also recalled comments regarding the race of the defendant and witnesses during deliberations, but she said the context was to understand slang used in testimony.
Friday’s hearings took place three years to the day after the attack on Brewer, who celebrated his 18th birthday on Thursday.
Maureen “Reenie” Brewer, Michael’s grandmother, said he is doing well but still coping with the aftermath of the attack.
Michael Brewer suffered second- and third-degree burns over most of his body after a group of Deerfield Beach Middle School classmates poured rubbing alcohol over him and then flicked a lighter. He saved his life by jumping into a nearby swimming pool.
Brewer spent five months at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and underwent seven skin grafts and three throat surgeries.
Bent was originally charged with attempted second-degree murder with a weapon, but jurors returned a guilty verdict on the lesser charge of aggravated battery.
If Destry grants Bent a new trial, then Bent can only be tried for aggravated battery and not the original charge — otherwise Bent would be subjected to double jeopardy, which is prohibited by law.
The Brewer family also continues to wrestle with the notion of justice for Michael.
“What we’re struggling with is the fact that this isn’t about race,’’ she said. “This is about unkindness. This is about something that was done to a child and that he will have to live with for the rest of his life.
“To think that there may not be an end to what happened that day is distressful,’’ she said.