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Victim in KKK civil trial says he prayed during attack

BRANDENBURG, KY (WAVE) - It's day three in the trial against a Kentucky branch of the Ku Klux Klan. The group's leader and another member are accused of attacking a 16-year-old boy. On Friday, the victim described the attack in his own words.

Ron Edwards, the Imperial Wizard of the Imperial Klans of America, and Jarred Hensley, another former member of the IKA, are representing themselves in the civil suit for their alleged involvement in the severe beating of 16-year-old Jordan Gruver at the Meade County Fair in August of 2006.

The Southern Poverty Law Center filed the lawsuit on Gruver's behalf, and Gruber told the jury he still suffers from nightmares, has lost his faith, and is afraid to leave his home. On Friday, he took the stand and described the attack in chilling detail.

"I noticed a group of men staring at me," Gruver said. "I turned and they said ... 'something, something, you little Spick' - something like that. And I tried to correct them. I said: 'I am not a Spick, I am a Native American.'"

At that point, Gruver said someone threw whiskey in his face. "And there was Mr. Hensley behind me. As I was turning, before I could make that turn, he hit me in my jaw. I fell to the ground and I immediately went to cover up my face, in a fetal position ... there was a lot of feet. All I could see was a bunch of feet."

Gruver continued: "They were kicking me. As they were kicking me, I prayed to myself. And I said: 'God, just please let me go. Please let me make it home.'"

Gruver said it took about 2-1/2 minutes, "I'm guessing, for them to crush my dignity and to crush my pride - just because I'm not the race that they like."

Attorneys for the plaintiff rested its case before breaking for lunch. The defense was set to present its case at 1 p.m., and the case was expected to be sent to the jury by the end of the day.

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