Cameron Mayfield is charged with arson but more charges are pending if prosecutors determine this was a hate crime.
“The law in Nebraska is pretty clear that anybody that commits a criminal offense against a person or the person’s property and does it because of among other things sexual orientation, then if he is convicted he has his sentence in hand. The prosecutor will have to prove the reason he took that flag and burned it was because he didn’t like homosexuals. It is a question of proof,” Bill Gallup, a defense attorney in Omaha says.
The couple did file a protection order against Mayfield.
In February, Gregory Duncan was convicted of a hate crime for hitting a straight man who defended two homosexual friends in the Old Market area. His attorney plans to appeal that conviction.