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2 plead not guilty in slaying of Springfield teen

June 24, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Two teenagers charged in the shooting death of an 18-year-old high school student in Springfield last week have pleaded not guilty.

Nineteen-year-old Nathan Cruz and a 17-year-old juvenile were ordered held without bail at their arraignments on murder and other charges Monday in Springfield District Court.

Both are charged in connection with the death early Friday morning of 18-year-old Caleb Worrell outside a city convenience store.

Files in the case were impounded, so few additional details emerged at the arraignment.

Worrell was the city’s sixth homicide victim of the year.

His former coach said Worrell was heading into his senior year at Putnam High School and was hoping to land a college football scholarship.