Four teens have pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges as the trial begins for the violent beating death of USC graduate student Xinran Ji. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Sept. 30, 2016.
The 24-year-old engineering student from China was attacked in July 2014 while returning from a study session after what appears to be an attempted robbery. A train of blood led to his 30th Street apartment near the university, police have said.
Jonathan Del Carmen, 19, Andrew Garcia, 18, Alberto Ochoa, 17, and Alejandra Guerrero, 16, pled not guilty to murder and other charges in August 2014.
All four teens were charged with one count of murder each with the special circumstance of murder during an attempted robbery; Garcia, Ochoa and Guerrero were charged with a special allegation that they used a dangerous weapon, a bat, in the beating, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The proceedings so far center on Guerrero’s role; her co-defendants are separately awaiting trial.