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2 US teens drop bid for murder trial as juveniles

2 US teens drop bid for murder trial as juveniles

Two of the three teenagers charged in the beating death of an illegal immigrant from Mexico have dropped their bid to be tried as juveniles, a court official said.
Attorneys for Brandon Piekarsky, 16, and Colin Walsh, 17, have filed documents to withdraw their motions for trial as juveniles, a spokeswoman for Schuylkill County Court President Judge William E. Baldwin said Tuesday.
Baldwin was to have presided over an Aug. 26 hearing on the issue.
Piekarsky's attorney, Frederick Fanelli, and Walsh's attorney, Roger Laguna, did not return calls by the Republican & Herald newspaper of Pottsville seeking comment.
The decision will expose the defendants to possible adult prison sentences if they are convicted but will offer them the right to a jury trial.
The two and Derrick Donchak, 18, are charged in the death of Luis Ramirez, 25, last month in Shenandoah, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northwest of Philadelphia.
Walsh and Piekarsky were ordered Monday to stand trial on charges of third-degree murder and ethnic intimidation. District Judge Anthony Kilker threw out first- and second-degree murder charges, meaning the two no longer face the possibility of life prison sentences if convicted.
Donchak was ordered to stand trial on aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation and other counts.
Ramirez, 25, was attacked July 12 when he crossed paths with a group of current and former high school football players. He died two days later. The suspects all played football at Shenandoah Valley High School.


Updated : 2021-10-23 23:27 GMT+08:00