June 2, 2006
The case against two Charlottesville juveniles charged in an alleged gang related beating is moving forward.
The two teens were in juvenile court for a preliminary hearing this afternoon.
Nine witnesses testified including a teenager who said he is a member of the gang the Bloods and that he participated in the violent beating of two boys.
Extra security surrounded the court house and was present inside the court room as this teen testified against his friends. He said they were all members of the Bloods, and that they all planned the beating of a 14-year-old and another boy on April 21 near Garrett Street.
He said one of the teens was a snitch and that both refused to join the bloods so they punched, kicked and stomped on them. One of the teens needed stitches and two metal plates inserted in his jaw.
Four other teens are also charged in connection with this case
The teen who testified today said he made a deal with prosecutors. Some charges would be dropped and he would be tried as a juvenile in exchange for his testimony.
The two teens in court today face detention until they are 21, or if tried as adults, could be sentenced to as much as life in prison.