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Witness Describes Deadly Beating

A witness to a brutal and ultimately fatal beating says the suspects were beating up the victim "like a piece of meat."

Bryan Selleck told a Lansing judge that as many as five people were involved in the attack on Travis Peterson.

Peterson died several days after the New Year's Day beating outside a Lansing bar called Brannigan Brothers.

Austin Smith and Donald Suttle, Jr. both face charges of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the fight.

Selleck was one of three people who took the stand on Friday morning in their preliminary hearing. Defense attorneys asked Selleck why, in a previous statement, he described the men attacking Peterson as being like "a pack of wolves." That's when Selleck said the group was going after the victim "like a piece of meat."

He said one person beat Peterson with a baton.

He also identified Smith and Suttle as two of the people involved in the fight.

A police officer and firefighter who were on the scene that day also took the stand.

The judge will decide whether there's enough evidence to send Smith and Suttle to trial.

Maria Hechanova is in the courtroom and will have the latest tonight on 6 News.

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