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2 teens to be tried as adults in greenway murder

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Two teens arrested for the murder of a homeless man on the Capital Greenway will be tried as adults according to a ruling by a Wake County District Court judge.

Regynald Jose Brown, 37, was found Dec. 8 beaten to death and placed in a trash can along the Walnut Creek Trail of the Capital Area Greenway in Raleigh.

Five teens have been arrested in connection with the death of Brown. Three 15-year-old boys and a 13-year-old boy are charged with murder. Another 15-year-old is accused of helping the other boys after they murdered Brown.

One 15-year-old will stand trial as an adult in Superior Court facing first-degree murder charges.

A second 15-year-old was told by the judge he had probable cause to enter a plea agreement and will be indicted. The teen will face second-degree murder charges and will testify. The teen was originally charged as an accessory after the fact as a juvenile.

According to testimony, the teens intended to rob Brown as he rode his bike on the Greenway. Two of the teens were on top of a tunnel while the other three hide inside the tunnel. A rock was dropped on Brown's head as he rode through. Brown hit one of the teens as they attacked him but was beaten to death with a rock and his own bike. 

A teen that is not charged in the case testified Wednesday to have once been a part of a group called "Big Money Swag" or "BMS" along with the accused teens. The teen testified that the group robbed other homeless men in the past.

A man who lives near the scene of the crime witnessed two of the accused teens rolling a trash can down the street. The witness called the police after seeing the teens thinking it was suspicious.

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