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Man accused of vandalizing Delray Beach LGBTQ Pride intersection going to trial

A man accused of a potential hate crime for defacing a LGBTQ Pride crosswalk will be headed to trial.

Alexander Jerich, 20, was arrested in June on charges of criminal mischief over 1,000, reckless driving and evidence of prejudice, which elevated the crime to a felony.

Jerich appeared in Palm Beach County Court on Tuesday and had the opportunity to take a plea deal.

But, his attorney would rather the case go to trial.

The Pride art installation was located at Northeast First Street and Northeast Second Avenue, was unveiled to the public on June 12.

Jerich was seen by witnesses destroying the art installation by doing an intentional burnout over the crosswalk on June 14, according to police.

He decided to turn himself into the Delray Beach Police Department.

Jerich is scheduled to be back in court Feb. 11.