Arroyo Grande cross burning suspect facing drug charges
December 3, 2011
One of the defendants accused of burning a cross in Arroyo Grande in an attempt to terrorize a black teen is now facing additional charges of bringing drugs into the San Luis Obispo County Jail.
On Thursday, Jason Kahn, 36, pleaded not guilty to the felony drug charge he faces on top of the charges related to the cross burning.
In March, Kahn, 36, and three others allegedly set ablaze an 11-foot cross in direct view of a 19-year-old black woman’s bedroom in the home she resided in with her mixed race family.
The four suspects entered not guilty pleas during their arraignments in July for felony charges of arson, cross burning, terrorism, and conspiracy. The charges include hate crime enhancements. Kahn was also charged with witness intimidation.
A judge moved the start of the cross burning trial to February in order to give defense attorneys more time to confer with their clients and a chance for more arguments to be heard.
On Monday, San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Jacquelyn Duffy scheduled a January hearing in which defense attorneys plan to argue their clients are being double charged. Specifically that their clients are being charged with burning a cross with an intent to intimidate while also being charged with terrorism for burning a cross.
Kahn sports a swastika tattoo on the back of his bald head and has a long history of arrests for crimes such as resisting arrest, car jacking and possession of stolen property, according to court documents.