FAIRFIELD — It will be at least another three months before a probable cause hearing is conducted for five teens accused murder and robbery and facing the possibility of spending the rest of their lives in prison.
Lawyers for James E. Williamson, 15, James Young, Osis “O Money” Smith, Dezmon “Young D” Frazier, each 17, and 18-year-old Chelsea Johnson were in court briefly Monday morning and agreed to a probable cause hearing on May 15.
The last time the suspects and their lawyers were in court was back in October 2011, when they received another three-month delay for the probable cause hearing.
Prosecutors are trying all the juveniles as adults. They were arrested in June and July 2011 for the June 28 robbery of the Travis Dairy in which the 78-year-old shop owner was beaten and then died.
The five teens allegedly robbed the East Travis Boulevard business of several packs of menthol cigarettes and $60 while one of them pepper sprayed and assaulted Ho Kim shortly before he suffered a fatal heart attack.
At a previous hearing for Williamson, the doctor who performed the autopsy on Kim testified that the shop owner had a 90 percent blockage of one of his arteries, that a stint surgically placed after a previous heart attack was 70 percent blocked and that Kim’s heart was swollen to double its normal size.
The teens remain in jail without bail.
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