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Mich. Teens Charged With Murder Over $3

April 21, 2006

WAYNE, Mich. (AP) _ Three teens accused of beating a man to death in the middle of an intersection during a robbery that netted only $3 have been charged with murder, authorities said.

Christopher Ryan Copeland, 17, William O’Leary Tedders, 17, and his brother Carlos Tedders, 16, all of Wayne, were arraigned Wednesday.

Not guilty pleas were entered for the teens, who were ordered held pending a May 2 preliminary examination, the court said. They were charged as adults.

If convicted, they face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

It was not immediately known Friday whether the teenagers had attorneys. Messages seeking comment were left at telephone listings for their last names in the Detroit suburb.

Steven Dingman, of Wayne, was walking Monday night when he was approached by the teens, police Detective Sgt. Daniel Juras said.

``They tried to talk him into going behind a house. ... He refused, probably because he knew something was fishy, and they just started beating him up there right in the middle of the intersection.

``After the assault, he was knocked unconscious and they went through his pockets, and they stole a whole $3.″

Witnesses helped lead police to the teens, Juras said.

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