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Judge wants trial for juveniles in Five Points beating case

Sep 20, 2011 1:55:00 PM - thestate.com
Three juveniles accused in the June Five Points beating case of an 18-year-old Dreher High School graduate were ordered detained for the fourth time Tuesday morning by a 5th Circuit Family Court judge.

But Judge Dorothy Jones also told prosecutors in the case they need to move promptly toward a trial date in the case because it involves juveniles who have been held in jail for some months. Juveniles who have been denied bond, as these juveniles have, must go before a family court judge every 30 days to have their cases reviewed.

Under state law, juveniles are only supposed to be detained 90 in jail except in serious cases. Tuesday was the 88th day, so there are only two days to go.

Jones made her remarks for a prompt trial after hearing from defense attorney Barney Giese, who argued his client, one of those accused, who was 16 at the time of the beating, should be released under stringent supervision and put on house arrest.

Giese argued his client was surprised by the actions of four of the seven other youths he was in Five Points in the early morning hours of June 20. Giese said his client, who had never been in trouble with the law before, was sitting in a car at the time of the beating, which prosecutors say was carried out by four youths.

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