Key West Spa owner David Leverette has denied making a racist comment about his customers during a visit to the resort’s luxury hotel.
The owner, who is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence, has pleaded not guilty to the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.
He was originally arrested in October after a man told police he had been assaulted by the owner of a Key West bar.
According to police, the man claimed he was being targeted because of his race, and was arrested for a second time at a Key Bank branch on October 13.
“I am sorry for any hurt that I have caused,” Leverettes lawyer told the court.
Leverette, who has been in jail since August, is currently facing a charge of second-degree assault, a class B misdemeanor.
During his arrest, police discovered that he had a pistol and an illegal firearm, and that he was planning to use it during the attack.
Prosecutors have previously said they plan to file a second criminal complaint against Levettres owner.