Thornton case set for December hearing

By October 20, 2011Crime & Courts

The next hearing in a case of three Arksansas teenagers accused of murdering a young Juneau man is not scheduled for another two months.

Arkansas court records indicate that a December 12th hearing has been scheduled for motions in the case.

Sixteen year old Timothy Tyler Norwood, 16-year old Clinton Lavon Ross, and 17-year old Richard Shelby Whybark have each been charged with second degree murder. They’re accused of beating 19-year old Kevin Thornton of Juneau to death last July in the Malvern, Arkansas-area.

Attorneys for the boys say the cases should be split up and proceedings should either continue in juvenile court or be dismissed. But — in their response — prosecutors argued against severing the cases between the three remaining defendants. They also argued against dismissal or transfer of the teenagers to juvenile court and maintained that their prosecution is still constitutional under Arkansas law.

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