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Ark. court to review Kevin Thornton murder case Oct. 3

Posted: September 30, 2011 - 12:05am

A Hot Spring County circuit court in Arkansas is scheduled next week to review the murder case of Juneau resident Kevin Thornton, 19, who died after being attacked by four teenagers in Glen Rose, Ark., in late July.

The court review is slated for Monday, according to the Malvern (Ark.) Daily Record.

The newspaper also recently reported that three of the four teenagers, Richard Wybark, 17, Timothy Norwood, 16 and Clinton Ross, 16, will be charged as adults and are facing second-degree murder in the second degree charges, as well as the additional charge of engaging in violent criminal group activity.

Arkansas law has specific provisions against crimes of violence while acting in concert with two or more persons, the Daily Record reported.

Charges against the fourth teenager, a 14-year-old, have since been dismissed.

The three subjects appeared in Circuit Court of Hot Spring County for plea arraignments on Aug. 22, and all three pleaded no contest to the murder charge, the Daily Record reported. The trio have received court-appointed legal representation.

Motive has yet to be established for the attack, and investigators reportedly said the beating was likely unprovoked. Thornton, a 2010 graduate of Thunder Mountain High School, was visiting friends and family in Arkansas when he and a friend, a local, were attacked while walking on a county road on July 21, in the small town about 45 miles southwest of Little Rock.

The man accompanying Thornton, age 20, escaped. Thornton was taken to Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock and died from his injuries July 27.

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