GLEN ROSE, Ark. (KTHV) - Three teens who allegedly beat a man who eventually died from his injuries will be tried as adults for second degree murder.
Judge Ed Koon denied a motion Wednesday to transfer the second degree murder charges for Richard Whybark, 17, Timothy Norwood, 16, and Clinton Ross, 16, to juvenile court in a special hearing at the Grant County Courthouse.
The three are charged with murder after an attack lead to the death of Kevin Thornton of Alaska. The attack happened in August of 2011. The teens allegedly jumped Thornton and a friend along Traskwood Road in Glen Rose.
Defense Attorneys Phyllis Lemons, Gregory Crain and Philip Wilson asked for suppression of several items the state presented as evidence. They also requested a severance hearing, which would allow each defendant to be tried individually instead of as a group.
The suppression and severance hearing was held Friday morning at 9 a.m. in the Hot Spring County Courthouse.