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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
The case against an alternative school guard accused of using excessive force against students will go to a Madison County grand jury. Julian Boykin appeared in court Thursday morning for his preliminary hearing.
"We're not going to have any comment today," said one of Boykin's attorneys as he exited the courtroom.
Boykin is charged with one count of child abuse and three misdemeanors. In October, several Pinnacle Schools students accused him of taking them out of class, putting them in a private room, forcing them to do planks, and then hitting them on their sides.
Harold Wesley's grandson is one of the victims. He said the prosecution entered pictures from the alleged attack into evidence during Thursday's hearing. It was also the first time Wesley has seen his grandson's alleged attack face to face.
"He was sitting there with a real smug attitude on his face," said Wesley. "He was constantly looking over at me"
Pinnacle Schools placed Boykin on paid administrative leave after the allegations surfaced. On Thursday, the school said it maintained its stance that Boykin will be found innocent of the charges.