Teens Accused of Killing Derrion Albert Plead Not Guilty
Eugene Riley (L), Silvanus Shannon (C) and Eugene Bailey (R) are each charged with the first degree murder of 16-year-old Derrion Albert. Not pictured is Eric Carson, 16.
Friday, Nov 13, 2009 Updated at 2:00 PM CST
Three of the four teenagers charged in the beating death of Chicago honor student Derrion Albert pleaded not-guilty this afternoon.
Nineteen-year-old Silvonus Shannon, 18-year-old Eugene Riley and 16-year-old Eric Carson have been indicted on murder charges and mob action for their alleged roles in the Sept. 24 beating, which was caught on a amateur video tape.
The graphic footage shows the 16-year-old Christian Fenger Academy High School student being hit with boards, kicked and punched as he lay on a sidewalk.
The footage allegedly shows Carson hitting Albert across the head with a railroad tie. Shannon, a Fenger student, and Riley gave videotaped confessions, Asst. State's Atty. Jodi Peterson.
Judge Nicholas Ford accepted the pleas and set a Dec. 9 status hearing.
A fourth teen has been charged as a juvenile with murder. His name has not been released.