St. Louis-area teen faces charges in shooting death

Monday, June 25, 2007

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- A 16-year-old who had been tormented by gangs faces charges of second degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action in the death of one teenager and wounding of another.

A judge ruled Thursday that Ahryel King must face trial as an adult. He and his mother, 51-year-Alma King, are accused of opening fire on a crowd outside their home on Feb. 26.

Police say some in the crowd were throwing rocks and newspapers at the King house, trying to goad the son to come out to fight another teen.

The shots killed Jocquees Billups, 15, and wounded a 16-year-old.

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