Two held to answer for teen's murder

March 13, 2009 7:36:26 PM PDT
Two suspects in the robbery and murder of a high school student were held to answer to the charges this afternoon in Napa County Superior Court.

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Napa residents Donovan Pierre, 23, and 16-year-old Derrice Tray Lewis face a trial for robbing $10 and a cell phone from 16-year-old Jesus Tornero and fatally beating him on Sept. 22.

Tornero suffered head trauma and died less than an hour later at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

The Napa High School student was walking home when he was approached by two suspects in the 2300 block of Louisa Street in Napa around 9:10 p.m.

Testimony during the two-day preliminary hearing before Judge Diane Price indicated Lewis' sister had been jailed for embezzling money from Mervyn's and Lewis set out to rob someone to get money for her bail, Chief Deputy District Attorney John Goold said.

The prosecution alleges Pierre and Lewis, who is being prosecuted as an adult, both beat Tornero and are culpable for his murder.

An informant provided Napa police with information that led to the defendants' arrests in an apartment complex in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue two days after the robbery and murder.

The defendants will re-enter pleas and have a trial date set April 28.

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