Damien Hernández, 17 years old; Gianni Robinson, 17; Castor de Dontral, 16 years old; and Treavion Randolph, 16, all face murder charges in the death of Jonathan Lewis. (LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Four of the eight teenagers accused of the fatal beating of a student near Rancho High School are officially facing charges of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery after their appearance Tuesday morning in Las Vegas Justice Court. .
Clark County Prosecutor Steve Wolfson said the actions were not premeditated and did not warrant a more severe charge of first-degree murder.
Castor de Dontral, 16 years old; Gianni Robinson, 17; Damien Hernández, 17 years old; and Treavion Randolph, 16; made their first appearance in adult court Friday. All four men will be tried together and, due to the nature of the crime, will be charged as adults in the court system.
However, during the morning hearing, the judge ordered that the teens continue to be held without bail at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center for safety reasons until their next court appearance on the 14th. December.
The teens are accused of attacking Jonathan Lewis, 17, during a fight over stolen items. Video of the beating showed Lewis on the ground with a group of teenagers kicking and punching him. The coroner said the cause of death was complications from multiple blunt force injuries.
Police have identified 10 people involved in the shooting. Four other suspects are currently in the juvenile system awaiting certification to enter the adult system. Wolfson said a ninth suspect was arrested a few days ago, but a tenth “person of interest” was still at large.
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