Four of the eight teenagers facing murder charges in connection with the fatal beating of a student near Rancho High School are set to appear in court, all charged as adults.
Dontral Beaver, 16; Gianni Robinson, 17; Damien Hernandez, 17; and Treavion Randolph, 16; had their initial appearance in adult court last Friday and will be tried jointly.
Their next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, November 21, at 8:30 a.m., and they will remain in custody until that time.
According to Daniel Martinez of the Clark County Special Public Defender’s Office, the upcoming court session will be an initial arraignment, during which a judge will address bail considerations.
“Tuesday will be an initial arraignment. If the district attorney has filed charges, we will enter a not guilty plea. In all likelihood, they will address bail at that time,” said Martinez, who is representing Treavion Randolph.
On November 1, a brawl erupted in the 1900 block of Searles Avenue near Rancho High School. Subsequently, the police stated that the altercation had centered around a stolen pair of wireless headphones and possibly a vape pen.
During the altercation, 17-year-old Jonathan Lewis was rendered defenseless while on the ground and lost consciousness, as described by LVMPD Lt. Jason Johannson during a news conference.
Jonathan Lewis succumbed to his injuries on November 7, with the Clark County coroner’s office confirming his cause of death as complications resulting from multiple blunt force injuries. His death was classified as a homicide.
A video capturing the murder went viral, which Johannson characterized as “void of humanity.” He emphasized that there was no evidence to suggest that the incident could be categorized as a hate crime.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson revealed that there exist more graphic videos of the incident than the one easily accessible on the internet. He anticipated that it would take weeks or even months before these videos could be made public.
Of the ten individuals believed to be involved, police identified and apprehended eight, all of whom were students at Rancho High School, aged between 13 and 17.
The other four suspects are currently within the juvenile court system, awaiting certification for transfer into the adult court system. Their court date is scheduled for December 6.
Last week, LVMPD released photographs of two additional “persons of interest” who were visible in the video but have yet to be identified.