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Teens indicted in homeless man's beating death along Walnut Creek Trail

Posted June 25, 2013

— A Wake County grand jury on Monday indicted four teenagers on charges of murder in the beating death last year of a homeless man found along the Walnut Creek Trail of Raleigh's Capital Area Greenway.

Friends found the body of Regynald Jose Brown, 37, on Dec. 8 – more than two weeks after he was reported missing – in a trash can in a drainage tunnel along the trail.

A week later, Raleigh police detained four 15-year-olds and a 13-year-old in the case.

Wake County District judges ruled earlier this year that four of the teens can stand trial as adults.

The fifth teen, age 13, agreed to testify for the state as part of an agreement that would keep him in the juvenile court system.

Raheem Hall, Tereise Massenburg and Angel Sean Muniz were indicted on charges of first-degree murder. Tyrell Hamilton was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder.

Witnesses testified during probable cause hearings that the teens were part of a clique that had a habit of terrorizing homeless people – what they called a "lick" – and that Brown was a target.

He was kicked and punched until he became unconscious and then hit three times in the head with a rock the size of a basketball and left to die, witnesses testified.

The boys allegedly returned several days later and hid his body in the trash can.

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  • commonsense99 Jun 26, 4:03 p.m.

    If you listen to the 911 call he made right before this altercation happened you can clearly hear the 911 operator tell him NOT to pursue the teen and that the police were being dispatched.. As a matter of fact he is told that multiple times so therefore Mike Hawk is right on this one... He DID instigate it by not adhereing to the operator's directions...

    torchhappysean

    First of all a dispatcher sitting in some room behind a computer screen miles away doesn't have eyes on and is not at the scene to give you proper directions. I agree the dispatcher said not to follow but how do we know if Zimmerman did or did not follow the directions or if Martin quickly turned around and approached Zimmerman to confront him. Didn't know it was against the law to follow someone

  • commonsense4 Jun 26, 3:05 p.m.

    Mike Hawk is right on and the racists on the board can't take the truth!

  • torchhappysean Jun 26, 1:39 p.m.

    Really??? Zimmerman instigated the altercation???....commonsense99
    ..... JohnDrescher.....
    Clearly you are aware of facts that no one else knows.
    ....If you listen to the 911 call he made right before this altercation happened you can clearly hear the 911 operator tell him NOT to pursue the teen and that the police were being dispatched.. As a matter of fact he is told that multiple times so therefore Mike Hawk is right on this one... He DID instigate it by not adhereing to the operator's directions...

  • COLT45 Jun 26, 12:06 p.m.

    But we should blame society for these poor unfortunate teen-agers. They are just a by-product of their bad environment.
    (NOT!!!)

  • torchhappysean Jun 26, 11:58 a.m.

    I hope that if these people are found guilty that their punishment will be the MAXIMUM allowed by the law and not some plea bargin cop out. Too bad our laws are not like some other countries where more extreme types of punishment for crimes like this are available..

  • pooodaddy Jun 26, 11:53 a.m.

    Who let these animals out of their cage? These punks deserve to die for this!

  • That Explains It Jun 26, 10:02 a.m.

    Mike Hawk, you need to get down to the Zimmerman trial pronto. Clearly you are aware of facts that no one else knows.

  • commonsense99 Jun 26, 9:28 a.m.

    Not really. This guy was probably minding his own business whereas Zimmerman is a sawed off cop wannabe that instigated the altercation and subsequently murdered an unarmed teenager, big difference. BTW, I fully believe in gun ownership but I don’t believe in those with mental issues having the right to own them.

    Mike Hawk

    Really??? Zimmerman instigated the altercation??? How do you know that? Do you have some personal information that we don't know about or were you there at the scene as a witness when this occurred? Doesn't matter if he was unarmed. An "unarmed" man can still kill you. You have the right to defend yourself against an "unarmed" man

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jun 26, 8:42 a.m.

    All gangs should fall underneath the RICO statute for extortion and murder.

  • Backpacker Jun 26, 8:40 a.m.

    “Let's say this guy had a concealed carry permit and shot these "good,angelic teens"...he'd be labeled a Zimmerman.” Ssicctv

    Not really. This guy was probably minding his own business whereas Zimmerman is a sawed off cop wannabe that instigated the altercation and subsequently murdered an unarmed teenager, big difference. BTW, I fully believe in gun ownership but I don’t believe in those with mental issues having the right to own them.

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