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Third juvenile linked to Raleigh man's death to be tried in adult court

Posted March 5, 2013

— A Wake County District Court judge ruled Tuesday that another 15-year-old boy can be tried as an adult in the beating death of a homeless man last fall.

Regynald Jose Brown's body was found Dec. 8 in a trash can in a drainage tunnel along the Walnut Creek Trail of the Capital Area Greenway in Raleigh.

Four 15-year-old boys and a 13-year-old boy – considered juveniles by the court – were later arrested in the case.

Judge Vince Rozier ruled Tuesday that there was probable cause to try one of the 15-year-old boys in Superior Court.

Last week, another judge ruled that a second 15-year-old in the case could also be tried as an adult. Another 15-year-old suspect also waived his probable cause hearing and agreed to be tried as an adult on a second-degree murder charge in exchange for his testimony in the case.

The teens must still be indicted by a grand jury.

The 13-year-old also agreed to testify for the state as part of an agreement that will keep him in the juvenile court system.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Latour said Tuesday afternoon that a probable cause hearing for the fifth teen has not yet been set.

Prosecutors say the teens beat Brown in the head with a rock and left him to die on the greenway. They allegedly returned a few days later and put him head-first in the trash can.

Witnesses testified last week that the boys were known for taunting and harassing homeless people, even going as far as recording it and playing it back for friends and appearing happy about it.

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  • heisenberg Mar 6, 2013

    Good! Hopefully he will get some adult punishment too.

  • Fireflies Rock Mar 5, 2013

    Glad to hear it. Disgusting crime.

  • lwe1967 Mar 5, 2013

    I am not taking up for the parent(s), but in all probability it is a one parent home and that parent is working more than one job just to make a home, pay the bills and get groceries. The adage is, if you can't adequately raise children, don't have them! Apparently, all of these youths were completely unsupervised! The youths at this age know right from from wrong, they all need to be tried as adults with long prison terms, no plea bargaining, no time off of good behavior, etc. You just can't keep mollycoddling the kids. If you do, they will never learn and will expect someone to stand up for them. To quote Judge Judy, stand up and admit your mistakes and take responsibility for them!

  • sunshine1040 Mar 5, 2013

    And where are the parents of these youth NOTE I said parents not just one that should have been raising these children what the word RESPECT means. They should be charged with child abuse for allowing them to run the streets