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3rd Teen Charged in Homeless Beating Death

January 18, 2006

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ A third teenager was charged with murder in the death of a homeless man who was severely beaten with a baseball bat and shot with a paintball gun.

William Ammons, 18, was charged Tuesday in the killing of 45-year-old Norris Gaynor, one of at least three homeless men allegedly attacked last week by teens. He was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Wednesday.

Ammons, Brian Hooks, 18, and Thomas Daugherty, 17, all face murder and assault charges in the attacks. One was caught on a security surveillance camera, and authorities say the video played a key role in identifying the perpetrators.

Ammons initially was accused only of assaulting another homeless man. He was released from jail on $5,000 bail on the assault charge but was arrested again a few hours later on the murder charge.

Police said Ammons admitted he shot Gaynor with a paintball gun and that his vehicle was used by assailants in at least two of the attacks.

``I can’t imagine what would go through somebody’s mind or what they were thinking to commit a heinous crime such as this,″ said police Capt. Michael Gregory.

Gaynor was buried in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday after a short funeral attended by about 25 relatives and strangers. His family described him as restless, and as an adult he drifted around the country, working in landscaping, roofing and as an artist.

``This needs to be stopped,″ his mother, Georgia Gaynor, 72, was quoted by The Miami Herald as saying. ``I don’t want there to be another Norris Gaynor.″

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