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Fourth teen to be prosecuted as adult in Raleigh greenway beating death

Posted May 14, 2013

— A 15-year-old boy – one of five teens accused of beating a homeless man to death on a Raleigh greenway last year – can be tried as an adult, a Wake County District Court judge ruled Tuesday afternoon.

The body of Regynald Jose Brown, 37, was found Dec. 8 – more than two weeks after he was reported missing – in a trash can in a drainage tunnel along the Walnut Creek Trail of the Capital Area Greenway.

A witness testified during a custody review hearing Tuesday that the teen used a rock the size of a basketball and hit an unconscious Brown in the head three times before leaving him to die. He and at least one other teen allegedly returned a few days later and put Brown in the trash can.

Judges have already ruled that three other 15-year-olds detained in the case can also be prosecuted as adults while a 13-year-old will remain in the juvenile court system.

The mother of the teen involved in Tuesday's hearing said she doesn't think the group of teens killed Brown and that she believes prosecutors have singled out her son as the ringleader.

"They took these five kids and turned them against each other," said the mother, who isn't being identified because her son is still considered a juvenile until he is indicted. "These boys are boys that are victims of the system. It was easy to get these five boys and take them down. It was real easy for them to do that."

Several of the other teens accused in the case have testified in hearings that what they were part of a clique that had a habit of terrorizing homeless people – what they called a "lick" – and that Brown was a target.

The teens allegedly threw rocks at him and then burned his face with a cigarette. When he tried to get away, they reportedly punched him and kicked him until he was unconscious.

"They may have seen him that day," the teen's mother said. "I do believe that, but as far as killing him, that's not who they are. That's not who they are by far."

The mother also said her son has mental health issues and in concerned that his needs are not being met by the state.

"He doesn't understand what's going right now," she said. "He's confused, trying to figure out, 'How can people that I trust do this to me? How can the people that we name as our counselors and our DA and our judges sit here and take my life from me based on a bunch of lies?'"

Prosecutors had no comment on the mother's statements Tuesday. They typically do not comment on active cases.

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  • PJM May 16, 2013

    the problem... is its always someone elses fault. Its the crust of todays society. There is no such thing as personal responsibility anymore. No personal values. No ethics.
    bernireed

    AMEN TO THAT!....THERE IS ALOT OF POINTING THE FINGERS BIG TIME BUT NO ONE WANTING TO CONTRIBUTE IMPROVEMENTS TO SOCIETY...

  • PJM May 16, 2013

    amen to that Crumps BrOther!!! A parent is quick to say its not like them or its not their character...and it may not however there are choices in life to make and all four of them chose to torture this man to his death.

  • Fireflies Rock May 16, 2013

    This crime was vicious and the victim suffered a terrible death after torture, from the account written in this article. The perpetrators of this horrible crime show no morals or respect for human life. This man deserved better, and if guilty, the murderers should be dispensed of. I don't believe any mother could believe her own children could commit such an atrocity, but the facts will speak for themselves.

  • bernireed May 16, 2013

    the problem... is its always someone elses fault. Its the crust of todays society. There is no such thing as personal responsibility anymore. No personal values. No ethics.

  • Crumps Br0ther May 15, 2013

    why is the mother mad at the system? She had no problem letting the system raise them

  • christy2moore May 15, 2013

    Parents - If you believe or even are certain your child has "mental issues", please seek help for them and yourself in coping with these "mental issues". It is not a disgrace when you seek help. It is your job and duty as a parent, for if you turn a blind eye to such a thing anything that happens is your fault. Did we not learn anything from Sandy Hook?

  • torchhappysean May 15, 2013

    They took these five kids and turned them against each other," said the mother, who isn't being identified because her son is still considered a juvenile until he is indicted. "These boys are boys that are victims of the system. It was easy to get these five boys and take them down. It was real easy for them to do that.".... I'm sorry your parenting skills were so lax that at 13 your son didn't know killing another human being was wrong. It's society's fault for not raising your son with better morals than he had... Get a grip!! No one is to blame but YOU!!! As for the police "turning them against eachother" I'm sure that the police didn't have to do anything at all.. They turned on each other all by themselves, kinda like rats jumping over each other to be the first to get off a sinking ship..

  • Crumps Br0ther May 15, 2013

    I love how even when the perp is caught on video and its plain as day its him, their mamas flat out refuse to believe its them on the video! Is that a maternal thing?

  • ldalton6 May 15, 2013

    Oh my god ! listen to this woman defend her poor helpless child. "These boys are boys that are victims of the system. It was easy to get these five boys and take them down. It was real easy for them to do that." Give me a break please! If you had raised him better, then he would not be where he is today.

  • Weetie May 15, 2013

    The mother also said her son has mental health issues and in concerned that his needs are not being met by the state.

    Of course he does..He knew how to help murder someone.

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