Wednesday, October 28, 2009

2 teens convicted in beating death of homeless man

A second teen was convicted this morning in the beating death of a homeless man in Pontiac, Michigan, more than a year ago.

Dontez Tillman and Thomas McCloud, both 15, face life in prison without parole for first-degree felony murder. The two were convicted in Wilford Hamilton's death.

In a new development, police say they have arrested a third teen in the 2008 beating deaths. Darrin Higgins Jr., 17, was arrested at his home, and charged with two counts of first-degree felony murder.

Police contend Higgins, McCloud and Tillman went on a three-day wilding spree in Pontiac in late August 2008, attacking people on the street and targeting homeless men.

Hamilton, 61, and Lee Hoffman, 65, both homeless, were found beaten unconscious and later died at local hospitals. Two other men survived, but one was seriously injured with a broken nose and broken ribs.

Read the Detroit Free Press report here. And see previous post here.


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