A Michigan judge has denied bail to five teenagers who are accused of killing a man after throwing a rock off a bridge, as reported by People magazine.
The teenagers, ranging in age from 15 to 17, are alleged to have killed Kenneth Andrew White, 32, after throwing a large rock on to Interstate 75 in Genesee County on October 18. Afterwards, authorities said that they went to McDonald’s for food.
They have been charged with second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and malicious destruction of property. As previously reported by CrimeOnline, the five teens will be tried as adults in a Michigan court of law.
The five teenagers were arraigned before Genesee District Judge William H. Crawford II, who denied them bail of any kind, citing “the seriousness of the nature of these charges and the danger to the public,” according to a court transcript. As such, they will be forced to stay behind bars as their case winds its way through the legal system.
Alexander Miller, 15, Mikadyn Payne, 16, Trevor Gray, 15, Mark Sekelsky, 16 and Kyle Anger, 17, each entered a plea of not guilty, as reported by The Washington Post.
Anger has been named as the teenager who allegedly threw the large rock which killed 32-year-old White. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said the father of four died from blunt force trauma to the head and chest. Additionally, his head and face suffered from lacerations and abrasions. White’s skull was fractured and his brain was injured, the prosecutor added.
“It’s not a prank. It’s second-degree murder. I don’t think anybody is laughing,” said Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell, according to MLive.
“I think if there’s any warning both David and I could give, it’s telling young people you make a bad decision you could be spending the rest of your life in prison. This is not a prank.”
If convicted, they each could face life in prison. White’s family set up a GoFundMe to help with burial expenses. He was laid to rest on Monday.
[Feature Photo: Genesee County Sheriff’s Office/GoFundMe]