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Teen found competent for trial in artist’s death

November 20, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — A teenager accused of helping rob and kill a French street artist outside an abandoned Detroit housing project has been found competent to stand trial on first-degree murder and other charges.

Prosecutors say the 14-year-old attended a competency hearing Wednesday in Juvenile Court. A Dec. 4 pretrial hearing was scheduled.

He could be sentenced as a juvenile or adult.

The boy was 13 when 23-year-old Bilal Berreni was slain. The Associated Press isn’t using the teen’s name because of his age.

The artist from Paris was found July 29, 2013, shot in the face. He had no identification, and it took seven months before authorities identified him through fingerprints.

Seventeen-year-old Dionte Travis, 18-year-old Jasin Curtis and 20-year-old Drequone Rich are due in court Friday.

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