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Teens granted bond in beating case

Court again delays decision on whether to try five as adults

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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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corgimom
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corgimom 05/13/10 - 01:12 am
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Now they can pick right back

Now they can pick right back up from where they left off.

I can't imagine what Terence Reese and his mother must be feeling.

What about THEIR rights?

andywarhol
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andywarhol 05/13/10 - 04:25 am
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I'm sure if their charged as

I'm sure if their charged as adults they'll be back on the street in a shorter amount of time.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 05/13/10 - 06:36 am
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revolving door justice at

revolving door justice at it's finest...let me guess the "thugs' promise to "be good boys and go to church"

jdoggtn
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jdoggtn 05/13/10 - 06:52 am
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Nobody should ever be charged

Nobody should ever be charged as an adult unless they are an adult. The modern fad for charging young people as adults because we are disgusted by the crime they committed is sickening. Jane Addams spent years trying to get the law to recognize a distinction between juveniles and adults, but now we are abolishing it. The brains of juveniles are not fully formed yet, particularly the frontal lobes which control impulse.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/13/10 - 07:02 am
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Tell that to the boy who's

Tell that to the boy who's jaw was broken. I'll agree that most 14, 15, and 16 year old boys do not make wise decisions and sometimes you wonder if they are brain dead but these boys belong to gangs and are very street wise. They are not your average teenage boys.

sojourner
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sojourner 05/13/10 - 07:11 am
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jdoggtn: I'm sorry, but they

jdoggtn: I'm sorry, but they deserve nothing but adult treatment. *Rough-housing* is juvenile. Severely beating someone and breaking bones is assault, plain and simple. You commit and adult crime, you do the adult time. Plain and simple. Their "brains" not being developed is not an issue, it's ther NOT USING that brain that is the issue.

mllange
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mllange 05/13/10 - 07:16 am
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Didn't Ross Nipples mother

Didn't Ross Nipples mother deny her son had any involvment in this? Didn't she say he was at church and he was not part of any gang? And yet, a cell phone video proves otherwise. I'll bet she will STILL say that's not her son. To Release them with a CHOICE of wearing a monitor was stupid. They shouldn't have the choice. It should be mandatory they wear a monitor as they are animals and we need to know where they are at all times.

ripjones
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ripjones 05/13/10 - 07:18 am
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Jdoggtn -- I don't give a

Jdoggtn -- I don't give a rat's butt, whether their "frontal lobes" are developed or not ! They are stupid to begin with, by their gang association. I see it at the mall all the time. One pant leg pulled up, the other not. They are all worthless scum. They broke a kid's jaw! All gang members are worthless pieces of scum, who will probably all become criminals, that will need to be taken care of by working society. Frontal lobes my eye -- they even were taking videos of other fights on their cell phones. They are all worthless pieces of human excrement, and should have never been bonded out. Judge Willie -- you screwed up.

lsmith
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lsmith 05/13/10 - 07:56 am
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Jdoggtn, What dat you
Unpublished

Jdoggtn, What dat you smokin'?
Prediction: these thugs will get probation or short time and remain in and out of the "revolving door" judicial system the remainder of their natural lives, or they themselves sucumb to the violence they help perpetuate. Frankly, I prefer the latter.

AWyld1
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AWyld1 05/13/10 - 08:19 am
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One need only to look at the

One need only to look at the father that set his own daughter on fire to see the failure of our justice system to protect law abiding citizens. Arm yourselves and learn to group your shots. That's the only justice some of these criminals will understand. I am not condoning taking a life but if it comes between me or my loved ones and the scum that commits these types of crimes so be it. As far as their frontallobes being developed? A juvenile will kill you jus as dead as an adult...what a stupid statement and the main reason why we have the crimes we have. No more expunging of juvenile records in violent crimes and no more third, fourth and fifth chances.

disssman
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disssman 05/13/10 - 09:54 am
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What a country of laws we

What a country of laws we are. The judge just continues the case as if that will make it all better. Then he puts them on probation with apparently no instructions about not associating with each other. How did we get this judge, is he elected? If he was elected, maybe it is time for new blood. What we need is someone who knows the laws and can impose punishment for breaking them.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 05/13/10 - 10:17 am
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Jdogg - This Jane Addams?

Jdogg -

This Jane Addams? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Addams

I hardly think someone born in 1860 could even IMAGINE today's gangs or what teenagers are capable of in this day and age.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/13/10 - 11:33 am
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This judge makes decisions

This judge makes decisions like this quite often. It's a shame to see that the justice system does not work for the victims. Every child that gets into trouble seems to need 'psychological' counseling as a scapegoat. And the ankle monitor is a joke. Kids are placed on those things all the time and there is really no monitoring. They are still found in the wrong place at the wrong time and the majority of these instances are not reported, so they are really not being 'monitored'. It seems that the juvenile justice system is trying to make the gang members the 'victims'. The system here is set up to allow for it. The counseling they receive is in line with the juvenile justice system. So even if it is just a normal child just acting out, they are going to FIND something wrong with him/her just to condone or excuse their behavior. Which is another excuse for the judge to allow them so-called probation, or no sentence at all. Which all leads up to them becoming a repeat offender, because they have not accepted responsibility for their previous offenses. Look at the ages of most offenders in Augusta and their wrap sheet. It's a vicious cycle.

Nightwing
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Nightwing 05/13/10 - 01:41 pm
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Do an adult crime do the

Do an adult crime do the adult time. Think you are tough, you are nothing but punks.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/13/10 - 03:46 pm
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What would we say about the

What would we say about the frontal lobes if the kid had died?? This was a safe area at one time...I know because I lived there...anyone who attacks another kid just because they want to dominate the streets needs the full punishment of the law...wish we had whuppings like we used to have...better than that, I wish these punks had to work on a chain gang.

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 05/13/10 - 05:01 pm
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Here's the problem we have

Here's the problem we have with the law: We say that children under the age of 17 are mature enough to be tried as an adult for murder, armed robbery, etc. However, the law says that a 15 year is not "mature enough" to, for example, drive, vote, or consent to sex. So which is it? Is a child 15 years old mature enough to understand his actions or not?

Anyone who wants a 15 year to be tried as an adult (based on the same rationale) should also agree that 15 year olds should be able to vote, get a full drivers license, and consent to pre-marital sex.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 05/13/10 - 05:08 pm
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Well jdog, the only other way

Well jdog, the only other way to have a chance to stop these teens from turning out this way is to force criminals, non productive freeloaders, negligent parents etc.. to stop having kids. More times than not they come to act like what they have been exposed to. Unless you and other bleeding hearts want to start holding the irresponsible parents responsible, then the kids will have to pay for the consequences of their actions. More times than not, you can trace little deliquents like this to some bad family influences.

Nightwing
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Nightwing 05/13/10 - 05:58 pm
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Now there have been threats

Now there have been threats against the DDA who tried the case.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 05/13/10 - 07:44 pm
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Hey, where's my second post?

Hey, where's my second post? I didn't violate any policies and haven't gotten an email on it.

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