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Teens arrested in greenway murder may be tried as adults

Posted December 17, 2012
Updated December 20, 2012

— Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby says he might seek to try four teenagers as adults in the killing of a homeless man whose body was found stuffed in a trash can.

Willoughby said Monday he is likely to seek the transfer of the murder cases against at least some of the teens from the juvenile system due to the severity of the crime.

Raleigh Police arrested three 15-year-old males and a 13-year-old male last week in connection with the death of Regynald Jose Brown, a 37-year-old homeless man whose body was found near a city greenway. A fifth teen is accused of providing assistance after the killing.

State law bars prosecutors from seeking the death penalty in murder cases where the defendants are younger than 18.


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  • undergroundsociety2 Dec 24, 2012

    they should be put away for 4 life times. not life. a "life" sentence in the great ol' US of A means 20-50yrs. not the criminals entire life until they die. from now on, they need to keep whatever evil person who do these ugly crimes in jail, solitary forever or if they're a habitual offender for violent crimes, death penalty. letting them out 20yrs later will do nothing but make them go back to exactly what they were doing.

  • michaelclay Dec 18, 2012

    Wendellcatlover, they can be put away for life but state law prohibits prosecutors from seeking the death penalty for anyone under 18.

  • Sherlock Dec 18, 2012

    How can you do this, these aree just kids they do not know any better.. Is that not the cry many were making before... way the change??

  • Wendellcatlover Dec 18, 2012

    "State law bars prosecutors from seeking the death penalty in murder cases where the defendants are younger than 18."

    If they commit adult crimes, then they need to do adult time! Quit coddling these little trouble makers! They murdered an innocent man who happened to be down on his luck and was just a victim of opportunity for the little punks. Try them as adults and put them away for life!!!

  • oleguy Dec 17, 2012

    Its time we the people took a turn

  • mchljam2 Dec 17, 2012

    I would love to see these people tried as adults, unfortunately we will all be on the hook financially for their future care since the law does not allow for the death penalty for individuals under 18.

  • wildpig777 Dec 17, 2012

    wow colon willoby is trying to show some testosterone...........

  • atheistswillserveinhell Dec 17, 2012

    GOOD !!!!

  • dwntwnboy Dec 17, 2012

    Commit an "adult" crime, do "adult" time.

  • connieleigh4 Dec 17, 2012

    I agree with you Scubagirl! They did the crime and should be punished!