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Bid to Try Youths as Adults Opposed

July 19, 2001|From Times Staff, Wire Reports

Attorneys for three boys accused of taking part in a July 3 attack at Black Star Canyon said they will fight efforts by the district attorney's office to try them as adults.

The teenagers, who appeared in court Wednesday, are accused of repeatedly raping two girls--ages 13 and 15--and beating their boyfriends--ages 16 and 17.

Authorities last weekend also arrested two 19-year-old men in the case, but they have not yet been charged.

Citing the severity of the crimes, prosecutors charged the three--Veruk Kim, 17, Jesus Rene Green, 16, and Phu Quoc Tran, 15--with more than 50 counts ranging from kidnapping and rape to assault.

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