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Judge wants speedy trial for boys

Sep 21, 2011 12:47:00 AM - thestate.com
Three juveniles accused in the June Five Points beating 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 because the case involves juveniles who have been held in jail for several months. Juveniles who have been denied bail, as these juveniles have, must go before a family court judge every 30 days to have their cases reviewed.

“You-all need to try the case, instead of coming back and asking for more detention,” Jones said. Up to now, she said, judges have only heard unsworn statements by lawyers. “This case needs to be tried.”

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

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

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