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Teens allegedly beat homeless Raleigh man to death with rock

Posted December 20, 2012
Updated August 13

— Four teens accused of killing a homeless man whose body was found on Raleigh's Capital Area Greenway beat him to death and returned days later to hide his body in a trash can, a Wake County prosecutor said Thursday.

Assistant District Attorney Katy Pomeroy said during a custody review hearing that the teens used a rock to crush Regynald Jose Brown's skull.

Brown, 37, was found by friends Dec. 8 in a trash can in a tunnel along the Walnut Creek Trail, just west of Hammond Road.

He was reported missing Nov. 20 and had not been seen or heard from since early November.

Three 15-year-old boys and a 13-year-old boy are charged in the case, and another 15-year-old is accused of helping them after the killing.

Pomeroy said during Thursday's hearing that at least one of the teens has been accused in two gang rapes – one in June and one in November.

"This was part of the way they could earn their stars in (a) gang," Pomeroy said.

The victims recently reported the assaults to police, Pomeroy said, and the cases are still under investigation.

Regynald Brown Teens allegedly beat homeless Raleigh man to death with rock

Defense attorney Mike Klinkosum, who is representing the teen, said he hadn't heard about the rape accusations.

"They have been on (my client) to get him involved in gang activity," Klinkosum said, adding that his client has been trying to turn his life around with Young Life basketball, bible studies and even moving out of his home to get away from gang members in his neighborhood.

"(His mother) has done everything she can to keep him away from these boys," Klinkosum said.

At least two of the suspects are also accused of robbing a 67-year-old homeless man and stealing a bike from a 10-year-old and burning it.

The five teens are being treated as juveniles, but a probable cause hearing is scheduled for Feb. 27 to determine if they should be tried as adults.

"If probable cause is found in first-degree murder, juveniles are automatically bound over to Superior Court," Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said. "For anything less than first-degree murder, the judge has a hearing to determine whether it's appropriate to send them to Superior Court."

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  • ccasey0821 Dec 27, 10:59 a.m.

    i really hope they charge them as adults. they committed a vicious crime, to be given a sentence that would free them in 5 to 10 years, i dont want them to have that.

  • karbattle1 Dec 21, 5:59 p.m.

    4 fewer kids getting bussed across town to school.....

  • Malaki Dec 21, 12:18 p.m.

    Try them as adults. What a shame that people have no respect for human life anymore.

  • Red Green Dec 21, 11:45 a.m.

    I propose a ban on assault rocks including any bag, bucket, or wheel barrow capable of holding more than 30 rocks.

  • Reader X Dec 21, 9:58 a.m.

    Reform school!

  • Scubagirl Dec 21, 9:25 a.m.

    These teens think they are ABOVE the law. Have absolutely NO REGARD for the law or other peoples lives/possessions. Try them as adults-ALL OF THEM-and then lock them up please-FOR A VERY LONG TIME!

  • OGE Dec 21, 9:13 a.m.

    But would it have been nice had someone stepped up who was A CCW permit holder and gave this man a fighting chance , because you absolutely cannot count on LEO to be their in your time of need !! We need to understand that their are good and bad folks and all these new gun rules will not stop another school shooting. I for one would have been more than happy to see school personel trained to CCW and give our kids a fighting chance because shooting thim like fish in a barrel just adds more pain.
    Mustange

    Go get them Robin Hood!

  • aetius476 Dec 21, 9:04 a.m.

    "Klinkosum said, adding that his client has been trying to turn his life around with Young Life basketball, bible studies and even moving out of his home to get away from gang members in his neighborhood."

    Isn't this ALWAYS the case.....

  • North Carolina Cutie Dec 21, 8:49 a.m.

    Lawers have to defend even if they no the person is wrong which I find crazy they do the crime do the time.

  • North Carolina Cutie Dec 21, 8:47 a.m.

    If they can do man crime they should be tried as men. Let them see how it feels to act grown when they should be in school.

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