LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Four teens charged as adults in connection with the beating death of high school student Jonathan Lewis will be indicted by a grand jury.
Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney John Giordani made the announcement during a January 18 court hearing. He said that the indictment against Damien Hernandez, 17, Dontral Beaver, 16, Gianni Robinson, 17, and Treavion Randolph, 16, will be returned tomorrow.
The court scheduled a status hearing for Monday, but that could be canceled depending on what is returned in the indictment. Giordani noted that standard procedure after such an indictment would result in an arraignment on January 24.
He added that the state will not seek to increase bail for the defendants, which is currently set at $100,000 with a condition of house arrest after bond is posted. The defendants will not be required to attend Monday’s hearing.
Gabriel Grasso, attorney for Dontral Beaver, noted that all four defendants have the same bail conditions, but that his client’s family is having trouble meeting it.
“They’re having a little bit of a hard time getting the money together,” he said of Beaver’s family. “It looks like they may be able to do it. That’s why I don’t want to say, ‘Yeah, he’ll be getting out,’ because that’s up to the family.”
He confirmed that all defendants in custody were relocated to the Clark County Detention Center.
“There is no more juvenile connection here,” he explained. He added that they will be safe at the facility.
“They’re in a juvenile part of CCDC,” he stated. “So they’re fine.”
The defense attorney also commented on video he waited to watch before filing a motion for bail.
“The videos show a lot,” he said. “So, I think it’s going to be an interesting case.”
Five other suspects under the age of 16 have been arrested and are facing charges in juvenile court. Las Vegas police are still seeking a 10th person of interest in the case.
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