FAIRFIELD — A pair of 16-year-old boys who face the possibility of long prison sentences were ordered Friday to stand trial on felony armed robbery and assault charges.
Karleon Watts was 15 when he joined his cousin, Abree Reynolds, also 15 at the time, in robbing a group of other teenagers walking near B. Gale Wilson Boulevard shortly before 1 a.m. one night in August 2011, according to testimony at the pair’s probable cause hearing.
The pair walked up to the group, Watts pulled a gun and they robbed the group of their wallets and cellphones, according to testimony. Watts and Reynolds laughed and ran from the teens after the robbery and, almost as an afterthought, Watts’ cousin fired one shot at the group, the robbery victims testified.
A 19-year-old in the group was struck in the back by a .38 caliber bullet.
Two days after the robbery and shooting, Watts and Reynolds were arrested after police found one of the stolen cellphones and a loaded five-shot snub-nosed .38 revolver in their car.
Defense attorneys for the pair said the robbery victims are lying about being able to recognize Watts and Reynolds as the culprits.
Watts and Reynolds are being prosecuted as adults. They are scheduled to be back in court March 20 to be arraigned.
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