Teens granted bond in beating case

Court again delays decision on whether to try five as adults

Five teens charged with a violent attack on 16-year-old Terence Reese were granted bond Wednesday after a four-hour Juvenile Court hearing to determine whether to try them as adults.

For the second time, that decision was postponed after Assistant District Attorney Natalie Spires and defense attorneys for the five teens sparred over the admission of evidence and witness testimony.

Judge Willie Saunders decided to continue the case after a disagreement over whether the state could bring a witness to provide psychological testimony. The judge agreed to release the teens on $20,000 bond each, which could be cut in half if they sign up for electronic monitoring. A date for the next hearing was not set.

Authorities allege that the teens -- Berten Blockett, 16; Joshua Plowright, 14; Brandon Mansson, 14; and Mark Daniel Richard Musick, 14 -- are members of the Apple Valley Posse gang based off Mike Padgett Highway. A fifth teen, 15-year-old Ross Nipple, is an admitted member of the Bloods gang.

They are all charged with criminal gang activity and aggravated battery in the March 1 attack on Reese as he was walking home from school on Circular Drive. The beating was part of an effort at "locking down the block," or controlling who could walk there, authorities said.

Reese, whose jaw was broken, sat in the back of the room with his mother, Taanja, for the hearing.

Spires showed video from Musick's and Blockett's cell phones that depict the teens fighting with one another 20 minutes after the attack on Reese.

In a video taken from Musick's phone, two teens, identified as Blockett and Nipple by Richmond County Sheriff's Investigator Charlene Durrence, can be seen talking about fighting and "locking down the block" while the person recording the video flashes what appears to be a gang sign.

In another, taken by Blockett's phone two hours after the attack on Reese, teens can be seen fighting in the street as bystanders yell for someone to stomp on someone else's face.

The court also saw pictures taken from Nipple's phone that appear to show the teen flashing gang signs and wearing a red bandanna and red hat -- the colors of the Bloods gang.

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